• FirstNet Update
  • September 12, 2017 | Author: Albert J. Catalano
  • Law Firm: Keller and Heckman LLP - Washington Office
  • Last week, Nevada became the 14th state to express its intent to opt-in to the FirstNet-AT&T plan. The US Virgin Islands remains the only territory to have accepted the plan (Vol. XIV, Issue 32). Verizon executives announced at the APCO Annual Conference and Exhibition their plan to build a dedicated public-safety LTE core network and offer priority service and preemption to public safety customers. Verizon is looking to establish a viable alternative to FirstNet’s nationwide public safety broadband network being built and maintained by AT&T. Verizon’s senior vice president, Mike Maiorana stated the company’s core public safety network will operate separately from their commercial core but will still have access to Verizon’s “extensive” 4G LTE nationwide network. It has also been reported in the trade press that Verizon will respond to Request for Proposals released by individual states looking for an alternative to the FirstNet/AT&T plan.