Arizona Joins FirstNet
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 | Comments

The state of Arizona opted into the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).

"The state of Arizona is ready to work shoulder-to-shoulder with AT&T and FirstNet to finally deploy a true interoperable nationwide communications system for public safety,” said Col. Frank Milstead, director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety. “We have much work ahead of us, but with AT&T's open communication and commitment to excellence, the future for all first responders will be safer as will the lives of our citizens.”

In 2016, Arizona became the third state to release a request for proposals (RFP) for a public-safety broadband network. The state is the second state that conducted an RFP to decide to opt in to FirstNet, following Michigan.

A FirstNet statement said the network will strengthen coverage along the state’s southern border and around the Grand Canyon, as well as on tribal lands, in rural regions and in and around state prisons.

“This decision comes after the state considered several options to get the best solution for its public-safety community,” said FirstNet CEO Mike Poth, who began his law enforcement career with the Tempe (Arizona) Police Department. “FirstNet and AT&T are pleased to have been selected for having the best network solution for the state, and we are honored to serve Arizona's first responders.”

A list of all states that have opted in and those that have released RFPs is available here.

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