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Blog // Connect Michigan

Developing State Plans for FirstNet

By Jessica Denson

When it comes to connecting communications among police, fire, and emergency personnel across the country, developing plans for each state and U.S. territory is key to ensuring its effectiveness.

The First Responder Network Authority has begun work on those plans.  They’ll be integrated into the FirstNet Network which will become a single, nationwide, interoperable LTE network for public safety communications. Once complete, it will give first responders priority in emergency situations.

FirstNet staff will meet with leaders in every state and territory to discuss how officials can deploy what’s been dubbed “The Radio Access Network” to improve capacity and coverage for first responders. Once the governor receives the plan, he or she will have 90 days to decide whether to use FirstNet’s plan or develop the state’s own plan.

To learn more about the risks and benefits of using FirstNet’s plan versus developing another, watch the below 100-second video:



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