• FirstNet Update
  • August 7, 2017 | Author: Albert J. Catalano
  • Law Firm: Keller and Heckman LLP - Washington Office
  • Iowa became the latest state to commit to allowing AT&T and FirstNet to build and maintain their radio access network (RAN) last week but officials from some states are requesting more information before they decide on whether to “opt-in” or out of the FirstNet plan. Public safety communication officials from California and Colorado stated publicly they need clarity and more granular information about the FirstNet state plan before they are able to recommend a decision. Members of the Senate Commerce Committee’s subcommittee on Technology, Innovation, and the Internet pressed FirstNet and AT&T to provide details into how they plan to deploy the public safety broadband network in rural areas of various states. During the Senate hearing, FirstNet and AT&T declined to provide a definition of "public-safety grade" for facilities to be used in the network. AT&T also told the Committee that the percentage of geography to be covered by Band 14 across the country was "proprietary" and could not even be revealed to Congress.