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All 50 states agree to use AT&T first responder network

30 December 2017

While New Hampshire has said it will opt out, it's still in talks with FirstNet. "I am grateful for their work, and look forward to continuing ahead with AT&T to ensure our first responders have the best tools available to them in times of crisis". "While Rivada's plan remains the better option for New Hampshire, I have determined that the additional risk associated with being the only state to opt-out creates too high a barrier for New Hampshire to continue down the opt-out path alone".

AT&T has stated it expects to spend about $40 billion over the life of the deal to build, deploy, operate and maintain the network. Governor Sununu said, "By moving to opt-in today, New Hampshire will retain AT&T's commitment to build 48 new tower sites across the state".

The decision to reverse course and opt-in, however, Sununu said, came from his conversations with other state governors. "And they'll be able to help people". New Hampshire has been studying a network proposal from Rivada Networks.

The December 28 deadline, Sununu said, was too tight for other states causing New Hampshire to be the lone state who opted out.

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Decisions from American Samoa, Guam and Northern Marianas Islands are not due until March 12. "Due to their vision and hard fought efforts, I can proudly say that this lifesaving network is now a reality across America; FirstNet is going to enhance the safety and security of our first responders and the people they serve".

AT&T said FirstNet will see many changes in 2018, such as FirstNet-approved mobile apps, fully-encrypted public safety data and public safety community engagement.

AT&T has announced that all 50 U.S. states are participating in its public safety network called FirstNet. The carrier recently held an opt-in/out period during which states had to decide whether they wanted in...and, it turns out, they all do. Some had explored other options, but ultimately chose to go with FirstNet.

All 50 states agree to use AT&T first responder network