New York Offers Details on FirstNet State Plan Coverage
Thursday, February 13, 2020 | Comments

New York said the AT&T proposed state plan for New York included 100 new radio sites to be selected with input from the state and independent of the typical return-on-investment selection strategy.

The state said 250 generators will be added to existing sites that only have battery backup, and all new AT&T sites will be equipped with generator backup except where restricted. Two New York state-dedicated satellite cell on light trucks (SatCOLTs) will be available, in addition to the nationwide FirstNet SatCOLT resources, information on the New York Public Safety Wireless Broadband website said.

State and AT&T officials have met to discuss appropriate strategies for placement of the 100 agreed upon sites. The combined group agreed that filling “white space,” improving transportation corridor coverage and improving coverage for critical infrastructure should be the priorities when selecting those new sites.

“It is worthy to note that these 100 FirstNet sites are in addition to AT&T's ongoing new commercial site builds,” the website said. “All 100 FirstNet sites are targeted for completion over an 18- to 36-month window.”

AT&T agreed to provide quarterly updates to state officials on their progress on the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) radio access network (RAN) buildout, the website said.

The New York information is here.

Vermont state officials offered updates on FirstNet buildout progress in that state in a newsletter released this week.

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