Press Release – Governor Matt Mead announced today that Wyoming will join the First Responder Network Authority known as FirstNet. Congress established FirstNet in 2012 to build, operate, and maintain the first high-speed, nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to public safety. This network has been a top priority for first responders and public safety agencies in Wyoming and throughout the country, and has been designed on their specific, expressed needs. Governor Mead sent a letter to Mike Poth, CEO of FirstNet, indicating Wyoming’s intent to participate in the plan.
“The State of Wyoming has participated in FirstNet consultation and outreach activities throughout the planning of the network and reviewed the details of the FirstNet State Plan,” wrote Governor Mead. “I have determined that it is in the best interest of Wyoming to participate in the FirstNet deployment of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network.”
FirstNet network satisfies the priorities identified by the Wyoming public safety community, rapidly provides access to public safety features, and delivers extensive population and geographic coverage.
Pursuant to the federal law, the Governor had three options: opt-in, opt-out or do nothing. With the opt-in decision, FirstNet and AT&T take on all the risks, costs and responsibilities associated with deploying the network in Wyoming for 25 years. Wyoming is not responsible for any costs for the FirstNet network. If a state opts-out, the state is responsible for all costs and logistics associated with the network. If a state does nothing, then it defaults to opt-in.
“FirstNet will be an asset for emergency personnel across Wyoming. This is a tool that allows for better communication and faster response,” said Governor Mead.
More information on FirstNet is available on their website: firstnet.gov