First Early Builder State New Jersey Opts in to FirstNet
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 | Comments

Gov. Chris Christie opted in to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). A statement said FirstNet and AT&T will deliver a specialized wireless broadband network to New Jersey’s public-safety community, although details about the state’s early builder project integration are scarce.

“New Jersey is proud to take this important step for first responders in our state,” said Gov. Christie. “The decision to join this network means FirstNet and AT&T will deliver a highly secure, next-generation solution for our public-safety community, building, maintaining and operating it at no cost and no risk to our state.”

The announcement makes New Jersey the sixth state and the first early builder state to opt in to FirstNet. New Jersey first demonstrated public-safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) network JerseyNet’s capabilities last year.

“To answer your question, we plan to work closely with the state and its public-safety community to provide the coverage they expect over the next 25 years,” said AT&T In response to a question about whether JerseyNet would be integrated into the state’s FirstNet buildout. “From building new sites to cover unserved or underserved areas to working with rural providers and integrating state assets where appropriate — including those from early builder projects — we’re dedicated to making this network work for public safety.”

“As a FirstNet early builder participant, New Jersey shared best practices for the network’s implementation, especially as it relates to deployables,” a FirstNet statement said.

“Opting in to FirstNet underscores New Jersey’s commitment to ensuring first responders are capable of meeting constantly evolving challenges,” said Jared Maples, acting director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness. “As one of the first states to opt-in, New Jersey continues to be a national leader of public-safety technology innovation.”

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