Northern Mariana Islands Final Territory to Opt In to FirstNet
Friday, January 19, 2018 | Comments

The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands became the final territory to opt in to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and AT&T public-safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) plan.

All 50 states and several territories previously opted in at the end of 2017 followed by Guam and American Samoa earlier this year.

Governor Ralph Deleon Guerrero Torres accepted the plan for the Northern Mariana Islands, saying it would benefit first responders during large events such as the Flame Tree Arts Festival and natural disasters, such as typhoons, storm surges and tsunamis.

A statement said AT&T plans to extend coverage to the areas where island topology currently creates gaps, make deployable network assets available to the territory and use existing infrastructure assets as appropriate.

"Today, Gov. Torres made history,” said FirstNet CEO Mike Poth. “With his decision to join FirstNet, we are proud to have every U.S. state and territory on the nationwide public-safety broadband network. Gov. Torres's decision will help enhance emergency communications across the territory's rural and remote areas by bringing coverage and capacity to the islands. We look forward to continuing to work with public safety in the Northern Mariana Islands to help ensure that emergency first responders will have access to the most modern and innovative tools available today."

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