West Virginia Joins FirstNet
Thursday, July 27, 2017 | Comments

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced that the state will opt in to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). West Virginia is the seventh state in the country to opt in to the FirstNet state plan.

AT&T, in a public-private partnership with FirstNet, will build, operate and maintain a highly secure wireless broadband communications network for West Virginia’s public-safety community for the next 25 years.

FirstNet has been meeting with West Virginia’s officials and public-safety personnel for several years to address their communications needs. This includes extending coverage to first responders in rural areas, particularly those prone to emergencies such as the many coal mines throughout the state and understanding how to handle the sensitive interference issues surrounding the National Radio Quiet Zone in Green Bank.

“First responders put their lives on the line every day,” said Chris Sambar, senior vice president, AT&T – FirstNet. “They deserve access to modern communications tools that will help them keep themselves and those they protect safe. And that’s exactly what we’ll deliver with Gov. Justice’s decision to opt in to FirstNet.”

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