AT&T said on Friday that all 50 states had opted into the broadband network it is building for first responders as a part of a $6.5 billion contract with the federal government.
Jay Inslee and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced their states will be the next two members of the First Responder Network Authority, known as FirstNet. While New Hampshire has said it will opt out, it's still in talks with FirstNet. FirstNet could also get a 5G upgrade in the future.
AT&T has said it will spend $40 billion on the FirstNet project, which is expected to create 10,000 jobs in the U.S.
"I look forward to working with AT&T as they begin the build out and deployment of their New Hampshire plan, and I pledge to continue our efforts to ensure that FirstNet remains responsive to the public safety needs of every state".
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As part of the agreement, AT&T will use federal funding to build new cell towers around the state that will help improve existing cell phone service in many rural and tribal areas.
"Following our decision to opt-out and go with the Rivada plan that provides better coverage, more system control and an opportunity to share in the revenue streams of the business, we proceeded to have extensive discussions with other governors across the country to help them understand the benefits of such a system", Sununu said. New Hampshire has been studying a network proposal from Rivada Networks.
States were given until Thursday to decide if they wanted to opt-out of involvement with the FirstNet program. American Samoa, Guam and Northern Marianas have until March 12 to decide to opt in. "Our goal has and will always be to bring each state and territory the best and most sustainable network - a solution designed for public safety, by public safety, delivered by a proven partner". Some had explored other options, but ultimately chose to go with FirstNet.