American Samoa Opts In to FirstNet
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 | Comments

American Samoa Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga accepted the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and AT&T public-safety plan for the U.S. territory. The announcement leaves the Northern Mariana Islands as the only territory or state left to make an opt-in or out decision.

Guam, American Samoa and Northern Mariana Islands have a March 12 deadline for a decision because they received their state plans later than other states and territories. Guam opted in last week.

All other U.S. states, territories and the District of Columbia opted in by their deadline of Dec. 28.

"In weighing this important decision to join FirstNet or deploy our own system, our team came to the conclusion that opting in to FirstNet was the better solution for American Samoa and our first responders," said Moliga. "I wish to express my appreciation to the Director of Homeland Security Samana Veavea and Commissioner of Public Safety Le'I Sonny Thompson, and their respective staffs, for their contributions to the making of this well-informed decision. We look forward to working with AT&T and the First Responder Network Authority to deploy this network."

The plan will extend coverage to the areas where island topology creates gaps, make deployable network assets available to the territory and leverage existing infrastructure assets as appropriate.

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