"Our goal has and will always be to bring each state and territory the best and most sustainable network - a solution designed for public safety, by public safety, delivered by a proven partner". Earlier this year, Washington and OR announced a competitive submission process meant to make sure that the unique requirements for public safety in the Pacific Northwest are met.
The change comes three weeks after Sununu made a decision to opt-out of FirstNet, and award a contract to Rivada Networks for the build out of the network. A press release from Gov. Inslee's office noted that AT&T expressed a commitment to make additional signal tower investments in both states, which helped to tip the scales in their favor. "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". "Washington's Interoperability Executive Council and representatives on the RFP team provided critical feedback to us during this process".
"New Hampshire was given two options: to "opt-in" and choose the national contractor AT&T's plan or "opt-out" and go with an alternative plan", Sununu said in a statement.
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The federal agency and AT&T will build a wireless broadband network specifically for the state's public safety community, to assist first responders in being able to talk with each other when cell towers are overwhelmed.
AT&T said it will rollout an app store and ecosystem for first responder specific apps. "I applaud these governors for their decision and congratulate public safety for its advocacy and partnership throughout the process". 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.