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Blog // Connect Michigan

More Than 30 States Have Opted-in to the FirstNet Network

By Connected Nation

Utah just became the 31st state to choose FirstNet’s state plans. Once complete, the network will streamline communications and give first responders a way to communicate across agencies and county and state lines, so they can make better decisions for public safety and their communities.

Recently, South Carolina governor, Henry McMaster has opted-in to receive the FirstNet and AT&T network. South Carolina first responders are ready for this wireless broadband network to strengthen the community’s safety and save more lives. The press release issuing South Carolina’s opt-in decision supports public safety workers’ voices for the need of a reliable, high-speed network.

“When an emergency happens, South Carolina’s first responders are there, putting their lives on the line to serve and save others,” said Gov. Henry McMaster. “Our public safety personnel need and deserve resources that will help keep them safe and allow them to deliver the best possible services for our communities, and that’s why I’m proud to work with FirstNet and AT&T to bring this innovative technology to our state.”

Pennsylvania announced its opt-in decision on November 2, just hours prior to South Carolina. Pennsylvania Governor, Tom Wolf said in the press release, "When an emergency strikes, Pennsylvania first responders are called upon to handle the situation and support the community.”

 "As we have learned from recent events in many parts of the country, a vital component needed for coordinating a response is the ability for all responders on the scene to share information as events unfold,” Governor Wolf said.

FirstNet will transform technology and bandwidth for public safety officials. Larger data and critical information can be sent faster and more securely than ever before. Overall, first responders will experience efficient communication in their day-to-day operations.

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