The Governor's Decision Media Kit

FirstNet provided states and territories customized, digital state plans outlining how the FirstNet network can be deployed in their state/territory. Based on those plans, state/territory governors are to decide whether to join the FirstNet network (or “opt in”) or build their own state public safety network (“opt out”).

For states/territories that elect to opt in, FirstNet and its network provider, AT&T, will deploy, operate and maintain FirstNet no cost for 25 years. Once a state/territory opts in, FirstNet becomes available to its public safety community. States/territories that choose to opt out are responsible for deploying, operating, maintaining and improving a FirstNet-compatible public safety network in their state/territory at their own cost.

The FirstNet Network will transform the way fire, police, EMS, emergency management and other public safety personnel communicate and share information – enabling them to better serve their states/territories in every emergency and every day. The states below have elected to opt in to the FirstNet network – click one of the links to learn more.

FirstNet Media Contact:
Chrissie Coon,

Virginia First State to Opt in to FirstNet

FirstNet State Plans in 100 Seconds

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