Indiana joins FirstNet

Thursday 12 October 2017 | 16:20 CET | News
Indiana joined the FirstNet network following a decision by Governor Eric J. Holcomb to accept the FirstNet and AT&T plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the state's public safety community. The FirstNet network will bring advanced tools to help Alabama’s first responders save lives and protect communities. AT&T is in charge of providing the nationwide mobile broadband network for first responders in the US after securing the corresponding 25-year contract. State governors have to decide until 28 December if they want to accept the FirstNet/AT&T plan for deploying a nationwide public safety broadband network, according to an official notice of State Plans issued by the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).

AT&T, in a public-private partnership with FirstNet, will build, operate and maintain a highly secure wireless broadband communications network for Indiana's public safety community at no cost to the state. The FirstNet network will drive innovation and create an entire system of modernized devices, apps and tools for first responders.

FirstNet will transform the way Indiana's fire, police, EMS and other public safety personnel communicate and share information. FirstNet and AT&T worked collaboratively with the IPSC to address Indiana's needs and concerns. The decision enables FirstNet and AT&T to begin creating an entirely new wireless ecosystem for public safety communications. Indiana's first responder subscribers will have immediate access to quality of service and priority access to voice and data across the existing nationwide AT&T LTE network. Preemption for primary users over the AT&T LTE network is expected by year-end.

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