Michigan Becomes First State To ‘Opt-in’ To FirstNet After Issuing An RFP

The action makes Michigan the ninth state to “opt-in” to the FirstNet system—and the first among the states that issued a request for proposals (RFP) seeking a vendor partner under a potential “opt-out” scenario.

Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley today signed a letter accepting the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) deployment plan offered by FirstNet and AT&T. The action makes Michigan the ninth state to “opt-in” to the FirstNet system—and the first among the states that issued a request for proposals (RFP) seeking a vendor partner under a potential “opt-out” scenario.

Calley signed the “opt-in” letter, because Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is in China on a trade mission. Michigan’s constitution gives the lieutenant governor the authority to act as governor when the governor is out of state, according to a press release from the state of Michigan.

“This initiative puts Michigan at the forefront once again for public safety and public service,” Calley said in a prepared statement. “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.”

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All Things FirstNet has a clear mission: to provide information, news and analysis critical to driving FirstNet forward. Our objective is to ensure public safety has the network and smart technology they need to strengthen communications and facilitate knowledge exchange. We believe this will improve our communities and protect our citizens. Our experienced team of public safety professionals is dedicated to helping make FirstNet a success for our audiences and partners.

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