Alabama Opts In, FirstNet Delivers Final 3 Territory Plans
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 | Comments

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced her 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.

Alabama is the third state to opt in after exploring alternative options through a request for proposals (RFP) process following Michigan and Arizona. In addition, earlier this year, Southern Co. subsidiary Southern Linc entered into a partnership with the Huntsville-Madison County (Alabama) 9-1-1 Dispatch Center (MadCo 9-1-1) for mission-critical Long Term Evolution (LTE) service.

Gov. Ivey joins 25 governors across the country who have announced their acceptance of the proposed FirstNet and AT&T buildout plans, bringing the total number of opt-in states and territories to 26.

“Governor Ivey’s decision to join FirstNet comes after the state considered a number of options to bring public safety the best communications solution,” FirstNet CEO Mike Poth said. “FirstNet and AT&T are extremely pleased to have delivered the network plan that best meets Alabama’s unique needs. We look forward to connecting first responders across the state’s diverse landscape, providing them access to the only network purpose-built for public safety’s life-saving mission.”

Separately, FirstNet said it delivered individual buildout plans to the three Pacific territories — Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa — where it had not yet delivered plans.

“Building on our work with those territories, FirstNet looks forward to holding onsite engagements to get their feedback on the plans before starting the official 90-day clock for their governors to make an opt-in/opt-out decision on their plans,” FirstNet said.

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

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