Rhode Island Opts In to FirstNet
Thursday, December 21, 2017 | Comments

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo accepted the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) AT&T state plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the state’s public-safety community.

“The safety of Rhode Island first responders is of the utmost importance, and state-of-the-art interoperable communications is a major component of that,” said Peter Gaynor, director, Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA). “After carefully examining the findings, we concluded and made the recommendation to the governor, that the plan put forth by FirstNet and its partner AT&T offered the lowest risk, highest value option for Rhode Island first responders.”

Rhode Island is the 41st state or territory to announce its decision to opt in to FirstNet, and the 12th state to do so after evaluating proposals from other potential vendors. The state released a request for proposal (RFP) for a radio access network (RAN) alternative plan to compare to its FirstNet state plan in June.

FirstNet and AT&T designed Rhode Island’s network solution with input from the state and its public-safety community. The Rhode Island plan will extend coverage over navigable waterways, provide a “bring your own device” solution to Rhode Island’s large contingent of volunteer first responders and offer feature-rich services at competitive prices, a statement said.

“Gov. Raimondo’s decision today delivers FirstNet’s cutting-edge, prioritized broadband communications to first responders who serve across local, state and federal levels in the Ocean State,” said FirstNet CEO Mike Poth. “FirstNet will help make Rhode Island’s communities and first responders safer with advanced communication technologies, devices and applications.”

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