• FirstNet Update
  • December 7, 2017 | Author: Albert J. Catalano
  • Law Firm: Keller and Heckman LLP - Washington Office
  • Georgia became the 33rd state or territory to opt-in to the FirstNet network. California became the latest state to issue a request for proposals (RFP) to build a competing public safety radio access network relying on FirstNet spectrum. Verizon previously stated that if California released an RFP it intended to submit a bid. One state that had considered adopting a competing network – Vermont – established a Public Safety Broadband Network Commission that voted last week to recommend the state opt-in to the FirstNet system. Vermont’s Legislative Counsel issued an opinion stating that under state law and the legal principles embedded within the constitutional doctrines of separation of powers and federalism the Governor of Vermont needs legislative approval for a final opt-in/opt-out decision. The Florida FirstNet Executive Committee recommended that Florida opt-in. Please contact Al Catalano (202.434.4207; [email protected]) with questions.