Verizon Reminds Public Safety Opting In Doesn’t Require FirstNet Service
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 | Comments

Verizon released a statement reminding first responders “they don’t need to change their current communications solution just because their state decides to opt-in (or opt-out) to FirstNet.”

In August, a Verizon executive said the carrier serves about two-thirds of the public-safety market.

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) does not require public-safety agencies to use the FirstNet solution, even if their state opts in to FirstNet, said a media advisory written by Don Brittingham, vice president, public-safety policy, Verizon.

“Speaking with attendees at this week's IACP (International Association of Chiefs of Police) conference here in Philly, it was clear that was still a point of confusion for many public-safety officials,” said a Verizon spokesman. “It was also clear they are in favor of having their choice of providers and that public-safety networks are able to share data back and forth.”

The information said Verizon does not advocate that states opt in or opt out of FirstNet. “We are prepared to continue to work with public-safety agencies in either event,” Brittingham said. “However, it is important for these agencies to know they maintain their ability to choose the network provider they prefer, even if their state chooses to opt in to FirstNet. Choice, interoperability, competition and innovation will drive the best solutions for public safety today and tomorrow.”

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