Utah Accepts FirstNet State Plan for Public-Safety LTE
Tuesday, November 07, 2017 | Comments

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert announced his decision to accept the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and AT&T state plan for a wireless public-safety broadband network.

“Reliable communications are critical to the safety and success of first responders and the public," said Chief Tom Ross, president of the Utah Chiefs of Police Association. "During emergencies, networks get clogged because people are simultaneously trying to communicate. We are excited that FirstNet will establish a dedicated network that prioritizes first responders’ communications."

The network will support large events such as the Sundance Film Festival in Park City that attracted more than 70,000 attendees in 2017 and during natural disasters such as the Brian Head fires of 2017.

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

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On 11/8/17, Leon van der Linde said:
I don't want to be a prophet of doom but I just want to tell Chief Tom Ross that during an emergency his Long Term Evolution (LTE) network is going to be clogged. Everybody will want to send live stream video and try to access high-speed data, as well as try to talk to everybody, and unless they have a few hundred megahertz of bandwidth, it will slow down to normal two-way radio bandwidth. With smartphones, there will not be the standard radio procedure because everybody is used to just chatting away because there are enough talk channels for everyone's mentality.

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