AT&T Seeks Tough Standards For FirstNet Opt-Outs

AT&T wants tough standards for states that want to opt out and build their own system

 

AT&T, which won the $6.5 billion contract to build and operate the planned wireless broadband public safety network FirstNet, wants tough standards for states that want to opt out and build their own systems.

The legislation that authorizes FirstNet allows states to run their own systems on the spectrum carved out for the network, provided they are interoperable with the FirstNet core.

AT&T, FirstNet and potential providers of core network capabilities to states such as Southern Linc are battling it out at the Federal Communications Commission over how state opt-out networks should be developed.

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