Indiana Governor Announces Decision to Opt In to FirstNet
Thursday, October 12, 2017 | Comments

Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced his decision to accept the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and AT&T plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the state’s public-safety community. The FirstNet network will bring advanced tools to help Indiana’s first responders save lives and protect communities.

“Indiana’s first responders need fast, accurate information to keep Hoosiers safe,” Holcomb said. “This new communications network will help those on the front lines coordinate better and faster to serve and protect our citizens and communities.”

AT&T, in a public-private partnership with FirstNet, will build, operate and maintain a highly secure wireless broadband communications network for Indiana’s public-safety community at no cost to the state. The FirstNet network will drive innovation and create an entire system of modernized devices, apps and tools for first responders.

FirstNet will transform the way Indiana’s fire, police, EMS and other public-safety personnel communicate and share information. Specifically, it will:
• Connect first responder subscribers to the critical information they need in a highly secure manner when handling day-to-day operations, responding to emergencies and supporting large events like the Indianapolis 500;
• Create an efficient communications experience for public-safety personnel in agencies and jurisdictions across the state during natural disasters such as the series of tornadoes that damaged communities in five counties across the state in 2012;
• Expand network coverage across the state, benefitting first responders and residents throughout the state’s rural areas and providing modern communications and data sharing to help increase first responders’ safety;
• Provide first responders with access to dedicated network assets that can be deployed for additional coverage and support when needed; and
• Drive infrastructure investments and create jobs across the state.

“This network will prevent communication difficulties and inefficiencies in times of crisis and confusion,” said Indiana Integrated Public Safety Commission Executive Director David Vice said. “Indiana has conducted an unprecedented effort to reach out to public-safety officials and decision-makers across the state to ensure FirstNet is right for our state.”

FirstNet and AT&T worked collaboratively with the IPSC to address Indiana’s needs and concerns. Through this close collaboration, FirstNet and AT&T crafted a plan to meet Indiana’s unique communications needs, including expanding rural coverage beyond what is currently available and offering services at competitive prices.

“Governor Holcomb’s decision today will enhance public-safety communications across the state,” said FirstNet CEO Mike Poth. “We are pleased to deliver a plan that meets Indiana’s unique needs and look forward to continuing to work with the state to put cutting-edge, life-saving technology in the hands of first responders working to keep Indiana’s communities safe.”

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On 10/13/17, Jerry Kutche said:
Ham no longer needed or am I misreading this?

So many have forgotten about 9-1-1.
Even in Bloomington, Indiana, hundreds of miles from Ground Zero, there were no phones of any kind. No pay phones, no cellphones, no internet.

Good luck with that.

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