Michigan leads the way on FirstNet

Earlier this summer, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley signed a letter for Michigan to become one of the first states to opt in to the nationwide public-safety broadband network deployment plan offered by FirstNet and AT&T.

Per the agreement, AT&T will work with FirstNet to build and manage America’s first-ever nationwide broadband network solely dedicated to public safety. The announcement means fire, police, emergency medical services (EMS) and other public safety personnel will have access to the modernized communication infrastructure they so very much need and deserve.

“This initiative puts Michigan at the forefront once again for public safety and public service,” said Lt. Gov. Brian Calley. “The ability for public safety agencies to communicate is critical in an emergency. The enhanced capabilities offered by FirstNet and AT&T will help ensure that those risking their lives for our safety have the tools they need. This effort also will enhance the availability of broadband service across many rural areas of the state, something that Gov. Snyder and I continue to focus on as a priority for Michigan residents.”

Michigan was one of the first states to take action here, and since that time, nearly half the country has followed suit. As of today, 27 states and territories have announced their decision to opt in to the FirstNet network — America’s only communications platform purpose-built for public safety.

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