Maryland Announces FirstNet Opt-in Decision
Monday, September 18, 2017 | Comments

Gov. Larry Hogan announced Maryland will opt in to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and accept FirstNet AT&T’s public-safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) state plan.

“Keeping Marylanders safe is our top priority, and our first responders need to be equipped with every tool possible to protect our citizens,” said Hogan. “By adopting this plan, our first responders will now have the ability to efficiently and effectively work together not just within the state but across the region and at the national level. This innovative initiative will also spur investment into Maryland’s economy, helping to create jobs and enhance mobile broadband coverage in rural parts of the state.

AT&T, in a public-private partnership with FirstNet, will build, operate and maintain a secure wireless broadband communications network for Maryland’s public-safety community.

A statement said the AT&T plan will increase public-safety coverage across the state and region and connect public-safety subscribers nationally, providing communications and data sharing. Specifically, the plan will expand coverage particularly in the western and lower Eastern Shore. AT&T will also focus on the state’s critical infrastructure in preparation for severe weather events and make solutions available to support the state’s large base of volunteer emergency responders.

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