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Blog // Connect Michigan

FirstNet and AT&T: The First 30 Days

By Jessica Denson

More than a month has passed since FirstNet announced it would partner with AT&T to building the first nationwide public safety broadband network. The record-breaking $46 billion public-private partnership will mean building a network that gives dedicated access to first responders when they need it.

To mark the one-month anniversary of the announcement, FirstNet’s CEO, Mike Poth, gave a progress report on just how the work is going in the early stages. The CEO said in a written update that FirstNet and AT&T have “hit the ground running.”

“Together, we've had an extremely productive month, collaborating on a number of priorities, such as State Plans and the development of an online portal that will be used to deliver the plans to the states and territories,” Poth wrote. “We have also had initial discussions regarding the FirstNet core network architecture. This public-private partnership maintains the same sense of urgency that FirstNet has upheld since the beginning.”

 Poth addressed several key milestones that FirstNet is tracking, including “the expected delivery of draft State Plans in the June timeframe.” According to the CEO, that’s three months ahead of FirstNet’s original target timeframe.

“Additionally, in advance of delivering the draft State Plans, FirstNet and AT&T look forward to bringing all of the State Single Points of Contact (SPOC) together to preview key information that will be shared in the online State Plans portal. We will also review with the SPOCs the process for state plans,” he continued.

Poth said both FirstNet and AT&T are confident the State Plans will deliver “superior” solutions for public safety wireless broadband communications.

You can read Poth’s full letter to the public and public safety professionals, including details on AT&T’s investment and plans moving forward, by clicking here

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