• FirstNet Opt-Out
  • January 4, 2018 | Author: Albert J. Catalano
  • Law Firm: Keller and Heckman LLP - Washington Office
  • Last week, the state of New Hampshire indicated that it will opt-out of the FirstNet plan for the -public safety broadband network. Instead of accepting the plan submitted by FirstNet, New Hampshire’s Governor indicated it would work with Rivada Networks to build the state’s Radio Access Network (RAN). New Hampshire is the first state that has elected to work with Rivada instead of accepting the FirstNet/AT&T plan. Separately, Verizon has decided not to bid on California’s RFP for an alternative plan to FirstNet/AT&T. A statement from Verizon indicated that the Spectrum Lease Management Agreement made it technically and financially challenging for any alternative plan to be viable. Some states had previously criticized FirstNet’s spectrum lease proposals as punitive in nature and designed to discourage states from making an opt-out choice.