On final day, New Hampshire reverses FirstNet decision and opts in

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Jay Inslee and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced their states will be the next two members of the First Responder Network Authority, known as FirstNet.

AT&T says it will spend about $40 billion over the life of the contract to deliver FirstNet and all states are opt-ing in.

As part of the agreement, AT&T will use federal funding to build new cell towers around the state that will help improve existing cell phone service in many rural and tribal areas.

After reviewing submissions, state officials settled on the FirstNet State Plans provided by AT&T.

The decision to reverse course and opt-in, however, Sununu said, came from his conversations with other state governors. New Hampshire has been studying a network proposal from Rivada Networks.

AT&T said Friday all 50 US states including Washington DC, US Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico have opted-in to its FirstNet communications network for first responders.

Governor Sununu stated he believed the decision deadline of December 28 approached too rapidly for states to feel confident in an opt-out decision, and he did not want New Hampshire to be the only one with an independent network.

That system, which is operated through a partnership with AT&T, is meant to deliver dependable wireless broadband internet connections to public safety community members. "It will provide our first responders with the tools they need to keep Mississippians safe".

John Stevens, the state's interoperability coordinator and FirstNet state single point of contact said he was "disappointed" that the hurdles to an opt-out was too high, but was "proud" of the efforts of the state through the process. All are participating, and American Samoa, Guam, and Northern Marianas Islands get until March 12, 2018 to decide. Some had explored other options, but ultimately made a decision to go with FirstNet.

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