Montana Opts In to FirstNet

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D.) announced today that the state will opt in to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) system, becoming the 12th state or territory to do so. “This partnership will allow us to provide our first responders increased capabilities to communicate effectively with the public as quickly as possible,” said Gov. Bullock. “As wildfires across the state impact our communities and our hometowns, it’s critical that we support the efforts of the men and women protecting Montana with all resources available.”

“Governor Bullock’s decision to join FirstNet demonstrates Montana’s strong commitment to public safety,” said FirstNet Chief Executive Officer Mike Poth. “With this decision, Montana is putting 21st-century, lifesaving tools in the hands of the state’s first responders, bringing a modern, broadband platform to public safety across the state — including over rural, mountainous and remote locales. FirstNet looks forward to continuing to work with Montana to equip the state’s first responders with this vital technology, which will help them in their mission to save lives and keep Montana’s communities safe.”

“We’re honored to bring FirstNet to Montana,” said Chris Sambar, senior vice president-FirstNet for AT&T, FirstNet’s network partner. “This is a major step forward for the state’s public safety community. By opting in, Governor Bullock is giving his first responders access to the innovative tools and technologies they need to help keep themselves and those they protect safer.” —Paul Kirby,

Courtesy TRDaiy