Vermont, Florida Commissions Make FirstNet ‘Opt-in’ Recommendations To Governors

Vermont’s announcement followed last Friday’s publication of an AT&T blog that the Floriday FirstNet Executive Committee has recommended that Gov. Rick Scott make an “opt-in” decision about FirstNet

Vermont’s Public Safety Broadband Network Commission yesterday announced that it will recommend that Gov. Phil Scott make an “opt-in” FirstNet decision prior after considering the FirstNet/AT&T proposal and the results of the state’s alternative LTE radio access network (RAN) procurement.

Vermont’s announcement followed last Friday’s publication of an AT&T blog that the Florida FirstNet Executive Committee has recommended that Gov. Rick Scott make an “opt-in” decision about FirstNet.

Although the commissions in Vermont and Florida made “opt-in” recommendations, the final choice rests with the governors of the respective states. Both governors must make an “opt-in/opt-out” decision by Dec. 28; failure to take any action will result in the state being treated as an “opt-in” state.

Terry LaValley, chairman of the Vermont Public Safety Broadband Network Commission—established by a governor’s executive order in 2013—said the commission was aware of the results of the state’s request for proposals (RFP) process to identify a potential vendor to build and maintain an alternative RAN under an “opt-out” scenario when making the recommendation.

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