AT&T Commits to Cover 91% of N.C. Geography with Opt In
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | Comments

North Carolina announced that it will opt in to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and AT&T state plan.

AT&T anticipates that within five years, the network will cover 99 percent of North Carolina’s population and at least 91 percent of its geography and has committed to ongoing consultation with the public-safety community to address areas of concern.

“We must do all we can to make sure North Carolina is ready to respond to emergencies and keep the public safe,” North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said. “Communication is key in times of crisis, and this technology can help strengthen public safety by keeping our first responders connected.”

The FirstNet program in North Carolina is housed within the Broadband Infrastructure Office of the Department of Information Technology. The office worked with public-safety and information technology stakeholders at the state, county and local levels to evaluate the plan for North Carolina. The federal government will pay for the construction and operation of the network.

“Rapid emergency response relies on the efficiency of communication among federal, state and local partners,” said Col. Glenn McNeill Jr., commander of the State Highway Patrol. "This new technology provides state-of-the-art resources for responding to future disaster situations."

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