FirstNet, AT&T release state plans, governors to make ‘opt-in/opt-out’ decisions by mid-December

Public-safety organizations in certain states could begin using a prioritized FirstNet service on AT&T’s commercial network very soon, if their governors decide to accept the initial state plans delivered today by FirstNet that outline the deployment of the much-anticipated nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN).

“It’s really a very significant moment for public safety,” FirstNet President TJ Kennedy said during a press conference. “The delivery of state plans is a key milestone we’ve been working toward for years. I think it really shows the amount of great work done by public safety, the states, FirstNet and AT&T to deliver on that promise.