Sununu flipflops on FirstNet, goes with AT&T


New Hampshire remains the only state in the country to express its intention to opt out.

The New York governor's office also cited the network's ability to transform communication between public safety agencies, creating an evolving tool set that includes "public safety apps, specialized devices and Internet of Things technologies", as well as "driving infrastructure investments and [creating] jobs across the state". "It's an honor to help bring FirstNet to MS and to its dedicated public-safety community".

Sununu said opting out and going with Rivada would have given the state better coverage, more system control and an opportunity to share in revenue streams. Thursday was the deadline for states to opt-in or out.

On the December 28 deadline for making a decision, with no other states deciding to opt out of the federally endorsed AT&T program, Sununu decided New Hampshire could not afford to go it alone. The decision was made, the governor said, because of the risk associated with being the only state to opt-out of the network.

Decisions from American Samoa, Guam and Northern Marianas Islands are not due until March 12.

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"As a result, it now appears likely that no other states will opt out", Sununu said.

Gov. Chris Sununu had announced earlier that New Hampshire would opt out of the national FirstNet system built by AT&T and instead work with a startup company called Rivada to build its own network. "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".

"With every state saying "yes" to the FirstNet plan, America's first responders now have a nationwide interoperable network they can rely on 24/7/365 - like their mission", said First Responder Network Authority Chief Executive Officer Mike Poth in a news release.

AT&T said Friday all 50 US states including Washington DC, US Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico have opted-in to its FirstNet communications network for first responders.

The opt-out decision, and the entire process leading up to a decision allowed the state to maintain leverage to "ensure that the AT&T proposal was one of the best in the country", Sununu said.