Louisiana Announces Plans to Opt In to FirstNet
Thursday, September 28, 2017 | Comments

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards announced his decision to accept the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and AT&T plan to deliver a public-safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) in the state.

“The entire state of Louisiana will benefit from this decision,” said Bel Edwards. "From natural disasters like flooding and hurricanes, to other planned events like Mardi Gras, hosting Super Bowls or other large sporting events, Louisiana has many unique times when communications systems can become strained. We will be working with our partners at FirstNet and AT&T on this communications network, which means deploying a true interoperable nationwide system for public safety. The sharing of instant information will only become more critical in the future. There is a lot to be done, but the system will ultimately help protect our citizens and first responders."

The decision enables FirstNet and AT&T to begin creating an entirely new wireless ecosystem for public-safety communications. Louisiana's first responder subscribers will have immediate access to quality of service and priority to voice and data across the existing nationwide AT&T LTE network. Pre-emption for primary users over the AT&T LTE network is expected by year-end.

Find a full list of states that have opted in here.

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