Kansas Opts in to FirstNet
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 | Comments

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback announced his decision to accept the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and AT&T plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the state’s public-safety community, making Kansas the 14th state or territory to opt in to FirstNet.

“This initiative positions Kansas to provide state-of-the-art emergency communication services to the benefit of our residents, businesses and visitors,” said Gov. Brownback. “Our first responders need to quickly and securely coordinate efforts during an emergency, and FirstNet will help ensure that they have the tools they need to safeguard our state. This effort will also bring welcome broadband service enhancements to many rural parts of our state, including tribal lands and those areas most recently affected by wildfires this spring.”

AT&T will create an efficient communications experience for public-safety personnel in agencies and jurisdictions across the state. Being in the heart of Tornado Alley, this is key when responding to natural disasters, a statement said. The plan will also enhance network coverage across the state, including rural areas and tribal lands, the eastern River Valley, through the Great Central Plains and more.

The plan includes creating an interoperable communications experience with Kansas’ four border states and integrating state infrastructure into the network build as appropriate, the statement said.

Earlier this year, Kansas selected AT&T to upgrade the state’s 9-1-1 infrastructure with AT&T ESInet Service. The solution will help Kansas create a more reliable and improved experience for those calling 9-1-1.

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