Montana Opts in to FirstNet
Tuesday, August 08, 2017 | Comments

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock announced his decision to accept the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and AT&T state plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the state’s public-safety community, making Montana the 12th state or territory to opt in to FirstNet.

“This partnership will allow us to provide our first responders increased capabilities to communicate effectively with the public as quickly as possible,” said Bullock. “As wildfires across the state impact our communities and our hometowns, it’s critical that we support the efforts of the men and women protecting Montana with all resources available.”

FirstNet and AT&T designed Montana’s network solution with direct input from the state’s public-safety community facilitated through the Statewide Interoperability Governing Board. The state plan will expand coverage in rural and tribal areas; enable state, local, tribal and federal agencies to effectively communicate and coordinate along the border; and increase capacity during emergencies and natural disasters through the use of deployables.

“FirstNet will give Montana’s first responders access to the critical communications capabilities they need when seconds count and lives hang in the balance,” said Tara Thue, director, AT&T Montana. “AT&T has invested nearly $150 million in our Montana network infrastructure over the past three years. With Gov. Bullock’s decision to opt in to FirstNet, Montana will not only be able to expand and enhance communications capabilities for first responders, but the state will also be able to drive additional investment to deliver reliable, high-speed wireless connections in areas with little or no connectivity today.”

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