Illinois Accepts FirstNet, AT&T State Plan
Monday, December 18, 2017 | Comments

Illinois announced that it accepted the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) state plan at a press conference Dec. 18. State officials signed a letter of intent with AT&T to move forward with a statewide public-safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) network.

"Opting in to the FirstNet emergency responder network is an important advance for public safety in Illinois," said Gov. Bruce Rauner. "FirstNet's technology will help us keep important lines of communications open when we most need them."

FirstNet will create an efficient communications experience for public-safety personnel in agencies and jurisdictions across the state during natural disasters, such as severe winter snow and ice storms, tornadoes and flooding, a statement said. FirstNet and AT&T said they will expand rural coverage beyond what is currently available from commercial carriers, offer affordable services to public safety across the state and deliver a network for public safety with increased geographical coverage, redundancy and resiliency.

Find the status of each state's FirstNet decision with our FirstNet resource.

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