Three months. That’s how long governors were given to decide whether to opt-in or opt-out of the First Responder Network Authority’s plans for all U.S. states and territories.
The plans detail how states and territories would become part of FirstNet—a new broadband network that will prioritize and streamline first responders’ communications during emergency response. FirstNet was developed after the 9/11 Commission called for the establishment of a dedicated network for fire, police, and EMS personnel to more quickly and more easily access.
The state plans were sent to leaders in late October and the deadline to opt-in or opt-out was set for 90 days later—December 28, 2017. Shortly after the plans were delivered, FirstNet’s CEO Mike Poth wrote the following:
The governor’s decision is a vital next step and one of the final gates for launching the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (“Network”). . . FirstNet is coordinating with the states and territories to ensure they have all the information they need to make the best decision for their public safety professionals and the residents who rely on them.
As of this writing (December 14), 35 of 56 states and territories have decided to accept the state plans submitted by FirstNet. This is being updated daily and can be tracked in real-time on FirstNet’s website and twitter page.
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