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October 06, 2017 | Comments
New Hampshire’s Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee (SIEC) voted unanimously to recommend opting out of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) state plan for New Hampshire. The recommendation will go to the commissioner of safety and then Gov. Chris Sununu, who will make a final decision.

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October 06, 2017 | Comments
Two Vermont citizens filed a class-action lawsuit against the Department of Commerce pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act. The DOC oversees the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

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October 04, 2017 | Comments
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton announced the state will participate in the FirstNet and AT&T plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the state’s public-safety community.

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September 29, 2017 | Comments
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) delivered official notice of state plans to governors. Governors will have 90 days — until Dec. 28 — to decide whether to opt in or out of the FirstNet/AT&T plan for deploying the nationwide public-safety broadband network.

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September 28, 2017 | Comments
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards announced his decision to accept the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and AT&T plan to deliver a public-safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) in the state.

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September 28, 2017 | Comments
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) released a notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) for a second round of State and Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP) grants — SLIGP 2.0. This round of funding will allow state and territorial governments to continue planning efforts to support the deployment of the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN). NTIA will make up to $43.4 million available under SLIGP 2.0, subject to the availability of funding.

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September 28, 2017 | Comments
The states of Washington and Oregon will jointly issue a request for proposals (RFP) to operate a high-speed, wireless broadband data network dedicated to public safety. The network will not replace existing public-safety radio networks but will be another tool to ensure that first responders can communicate in times of disasters that tend to overwhelm existing networks.

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September 28, 2017 | Comments
A Verizon executive said interoperability between its planned public-safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) offering and AT&T’s dedicated public-safety core will not be a problem.

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September 27, 2017 | Comments
Mississippi and Georgia became the latest states to issue requests for proposals (RFPs) for alternative statewide broadband radio access networks (RANS) to the state plan proposals from the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).

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September 26, 2017 | Comments
Three Pennsylvania legislative committees are holding a joint hearing Oct. 19 on the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) review in the state.

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