Oklahoma Accepts FirstNet State Plan
Wednesday, November 01, 2017 | Comments

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin accepted the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and AT&T plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the state's public-safety community. FirstNet will bring technologies that will help Oklahoma's first responders save lives and protect communities, a statement said.

"I am pleased to be able to opt in and provide a more effective and efficient network to those people who support our citizens in times of need," said Fallin.

In July, Oklahoma released a request for proposals (RFP) for a statewide alternative radio access network (RAN) plan to compare with the FirstNet and AT&T plan. Following an in-depth evaluation of the proposed AT&T and FirstNet plan, as well as proposals by other potential vendors, Oklahoma selected the FirstNet and AT&T public-private partnership, a statement said.

The plan will address Oklahoma's unique communications needs, including expanding coverage in rural and tribal areas, and in the northeast portion of the state.

"Gov. Fallin's decision to join FirstNet comes at the recommendation of the Oklahoma Public Safety Broadband Network governing board," said FirstNet Board Vice Chairman Jeff Johnson. “They worked through a very detailed decision-making framework that weighed all options to assure public safety needs were kept front and center.”

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

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