Georgia Opts In to FirstNet, Florida Committee Recommends Opt In
Friday, November 17, 2017 | Comments

Georgia opted into the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and AT&T state plan, while a Florida committee recommended an opt-in decision to the state’s governor.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal accepted FirstNet plan for a broadband network for the state’s public-safety community.

"We are pleased Georgia is opting in to partner with FirstNet and AT&T to provide innovative communication technologies that will help us more effectively do our jobs," said Georgia State Firefighters Association President Joey Hartley. "During emergencies, it is critical for us to have a fully functional network to communicate with one another and coordinate our response. There is no doubt FirstNet better equips us with the modern technology needed to save lives."

In September, Georgia issued a request for proposals (RFPs) for an alternative statewide broadband radio access network (RAN) to compare to its FirstNet state plan.

Separately, the Florida FirstNet Executive Committee recommended the state opt in to FirstNet.

“With Hurricane Irma recovery still underway, Florida knows the effects of disasters all too well,” said Joe York, president AT&T Florida, in a blog post. “And while our first responders are often the first to the scene, they aren’t always the first to get the network connection or information they need.”

York said AT&T trialed priority service during Irma. “We equipped more than 15,000 public safety personnel who use AT&T mobility services with priority communications to help them respond to the storm,” he said.

The Florida FirstNet Executive Committee includes leaders in the Florida Army National Guard, the Florida Fire Chiefs’ Association, the Florida Sheriffs Association and the Florida Police Chiefs’ Association. The committee is also made up of leaders from across state government.

“Seconds can mean the difference between life and death, and that’s why we’re excited to see this recommendation from the committee,” the blog said. “It moves first responders in Florida one step closer to accessing the life-saving tools they need to improve safety for themselves and the Floridians they serve.”

Check the status of your state's opt in/out decision with our up-to-date FirstNet resource here.

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