All eyes on California as Florida makes FirstNet ‘opt-in’ announcement, New Hampshire reverses ‘opt-out’ plans

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu and Florida Gov. Rick Scott announce that accepted the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) deployment plan offered by FirstNet and AT&T on behalf of their states, meaning California is the only state that has not made an “opt-in” announcement by today’s deadline.

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu and Florida Gov. Rick Scott today announced that accepted the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) deployment plan offered by FirstNet and AT&T on behalf of their states, meaning California is the only state that has not made an “opt-in” announcement by today’s deadline.

Activities in Florida and New Hampshire were being monitored closely, because Florida is among the most-populous states in the U.S., and New Hampshire was the only state to have its governor announce plans to pursue the FirstNet “opt-out” alternative.

However, Sununu never submitted official notification of his “opt-out” announcement that was made early this month. Today, Sununu reversed his previous announcement and made an “opt-in” decision. In addition, Sununu said “it now appears likely that no other states will opt-out.”

“New Hampshire was given two options: to ‘opt-in’ and choose the national contractor AT&T’s plan or ‘opt-out’ and go with an alternative plan proposed by Rivada,” Sununu said in a prepared statement. “Following our decision to opt-out and go with the Rivada plan that provides better coverage, more system control and an opportunity to share in the revenue streams of the business, we proceeded to have extensive discussions with other governors across the country to help them understand the benefits of such a system. Many of these states had previously expressed serious interest in pursuing an independent opt-out path.

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