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Blog // Connect Michigan

Opting-in: The Latest State to Choose FirstNet

By Connected Nation

The following press release was posted on FirstNet's website on August 28, 2017. 

Hawai’i is modernizing communications for first responders in the Aloha State. Governor David Ige recently announced his decision to accept the FirstNet and AT&T plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the state’s public safety community. This made Hawai’i the 16th state or territory to “opt-in” to FirstNet and bring advanced technologies that will help first responders save lives and protect communities.

“The FirstNet network will transform the way fire, police, EMS, emergency management and other public safety personnel communicate and share information, enabling them to better serve their communities during emergencies and day to day operations,” said Governor Ige.

AT&T, in a public-private partnership with FirstNet, will build, operate and maintain a highly secure wireless broadband communications network for Hawai’i’s public safety community at no cost to the state. The FirstNet network will drive innovation and create an entire system of modernized devices, apps and tools for first responders.

FirstNet will transform the way Hawai’i’s fire, police, EMS and other public safety personnel communicate and share information. Specifically, it will:

·         Connect first responder subscribers to the critical information they need in a highly secure manner when handling day-to-day operations, responding to emergencies and supporting large events like the statewide Aloha festival, which draws more than a million visitors each year.

·         Create an efficient communications experience for public safety personnel in agencies and jurisdictions across the state during severe weather natural disasters.

·         Enhance network coverage for first responders, residents and visitors, alike, across the islands and coastlines.

·         Drive infrastructure investments and create jobs across the state.

·         Usher in a new wave of dependable innovations for first responders. This will create an ever-evolving set of life-saving tools for public safety, including public safety apps, specialized devices and Internet of Things technologies.

“I believe this is long overdue,” said Maj. Gen. Arthur “Joe” Logan, state adjutant general, state Homeland Security advisor and single point of contact for Hawai‘i’s FirstNet initiative. “The 9-11 commission required that first responders should have interoperable communications. That’s what FirstNet will provide to Hawai‘i.”

Click here to read FirstNet’s full press release on the decision. 


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