• FirstNet and AT&T Ensure Preemption for Opt-In States
  • April 28, 2017 | Authors: Albert J. Catalano; Timothy A. Doughty; Michael T. N. Fitch; C. Douglas Jarrett; Gregory E. Kunkle; Thomas B. Magee; Tracy P. Marshall; Kathleen M. Slattery; Wesley K. Wright
  • Law Firm: Keller and Heckman LLP - Washington Office
  • FirstNet and AT&T officials announced that public safety entities in “opt-in” states will have preemptive priority on FirstNet’s 700 MHz Band 14 network and AT&T’s nationwide commercial networks. AT&T was awarded the $46.5 billion contract to build, deploy, operate, and maintain the nationwide public safety network (Vol. XIV, Issue 14). The network will be deployed in phases over the next five years, and prior to its completion, AT&T will grant preemptive access to 150 MHz of spectrum across various bands. AT&T already gives priority to public safety agencies to operate on commercial spectrum, and plans to implement preemptive access by the end of the year. States must either opt-in to the FirstNet-AT&T plan or build their own network, which must be interoperable with FirstNet. State governors will make this decision by the end of the year.