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Blog // Connect Michigan

90 Days and Counting: The Deadline to Adopt FirstNet and AT&T Network

By Connected Nation

Last week FirstNet delivered the final plans for state governors. States that have not accepted the plan have until December 28 to opt-in or have their state create its own Radio Access Network (RAN) that’s compatible with the FirstNet network. The decision to opt-in will provide greater public safety, increased infrastructure developments, and job creation.

The governor of each state has the option to adopt the FirstNet plan in their state without worrying about costs or improvement of the network or take on the risk of operating their own RAN network. This option would be considered opting in. If states do not take any action on their state plan, the state will automatically opt-in.

In total, 25 states have accepted the FirstNet network and most have noticed an increase in their network capacity. This means that first responders in 25 states are well on their way to the network capacity and reliability they deserve.

Chris Sambar, senior vice president of AT&T – FirstNet said on FirstNet.com, “Connectivity underlies everything first responders do.”

“That’s why they’ve spent years advocating for access to modern communications capabilities. We’re honored so many states and U.S. territories have already entrusted us to make these life-saving tools available to their first responders,” he said.

Read the full press release at FirstNet.gov on State Plans.

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