Verizon, AT&T FirstNet on New York Statewide Telecom Contract
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The State of New York Office of General Services (OGS) updated its telecom services contract, authorizing Verizon and AT&T’s First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) service as contractors to offer services to all state agencies and public-safety entities. The contract update runs through Sept. 15, 2024.

Through the contract, state and local governments can take advantage of the offerings, including priority and pre-emption technology, for public-safety agencies.

Verizon’s 4G unlimited smartphone plan with priority and pre-emption is $39.99 per month, while its unlimited mobile broadband plan with priority and pre-emption is $37.99 per month. Adding Push to Talk (PTT) Plus is $2 more a month for national security, public safety and emergency services.

The FirstNet contract offers two unlimited data smartphone plans with standard priced at $38.99 per month and enhanced at $43.99 per month. FirstNet Mobile unlimited for data-only devices is $34.99 per month. Adding AT&T Dynamic Traffic Management is $15 per month, and EPTT Advanced for FirstNet is $10 a month.

Verizon said its public-safety offering includes its virtualized separate Long Term Evolution (LTE) core and Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) standards to implement quality of service (QOS) for public-safety data communications. The carrier will provide seamless wireless communications across jurisdiction, public-safety discipline and wireless carrier. In the event of an emergency, first responders will be able to talk, text, share multimedia and communicate in real time, regardless of their plan or device, the carrier said.

“We’re excited to support state and local agencies in New York to fulfill their network and connectivity needs,” said Maggie Hallbach, vice president of state, local and education Sales at Verizon. “Governments have an important job to do, and the public depends on them for key services. The superior connectivity provided by Verizon solutions can help government agencies be as productive and efficient as possible, so they can meet their missions and serve their constituents.”

Verizon said its LTE network covers more than 2.5 million square miles and more than 98% of Americans with a more than 450,000-square-mile coverage advantage over the nearest competitor. Since 2000, Verizon has invested more than $145 billion in its network. The carrier said it is committed to supporting interoperability and open technology standards with other wireless providers that provide public-safety products and solutions.

AT&T noted its commitment to public safety through its contract with FirstNet. “While commercial wireless offerings are available to public safety, FirstNet continues to grow because it stands apart from those commercial offerings,” the carrier said. “The FirstNet communications platform comes with unique features, functionality and spectrum for the public-safety community. FirstNet is purpose-built to favor the important work first responders do. In fact, it’s the only wireless communications platform that’s been architected from the ground up just for this community.”

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