• FirstNet Update
  • August 14, 2017 | Author: Albert J. Catalano
  • Law Firm: Keller and Heckman LLP - Washington Office
  • West Virginia became the seventh state to commit to allowing AT&T and FirstNet to build and maintain their radio access network (RAN) last week. In Vermont, however, state Senators requested an extension of the comment period for the state’s FirstNet State Plan, which ended on July 24. The Senators also encouraged the Governor of Vermont, Phil Scott, to simultaneously seek an extension of the 45-day comment period on state plans established by FirstNet (Vol. XIV, Issue 30). They cited a lack of transparency and information from FirstNet as the source of concern, stating that much of the relevant information critical to making an opt-in decision was labeled as proprietary and therefore eliminated public input. At the FCC, AT&T opposed Verizon and other parties who seek a ruling from the Commission that opt-out states have the lawful option of a state core, subject to interoperability requirements with the FirstNet core.