Missouri Becomes 36th State/Territory to Opt into FirstNet

Missouri today became the 36th state or territory to announce that it would opt into the First Responder Network Authority’s (FirstNet) system.  The decision was made by Gov. Eric Greitens (R.) after the state reviewed proposals by other vendors. “Gov. Greitens’ decision to opt-in to FirstNet is the right choice for our state and for our first responders. We are pleased to work with AT&T and FirstNet to ensure that the public safety community gets to use and benefit from the latest technological innovations,” said Missouri Director of Public Safety Charles (Drew) Juden III.

“Gov. Greitens’ decision demonstrates his strong commitment to public safety throughout the Show-Me State,” said FirstNet Chief Executive Officer Mike Poth. “We look forward to delivering the interoperable, high speed network that will help first responders share information and communicate seamlessly when saving lives and protecting communities across Missouri.”

“AT&T is honored to bring this dedicated, interoperable public safety broadband network to Missouri, and connect its public safety community to advanced tools that will help save and preserve lives,” said John Sondag, president of AT&T Missouri. AT&T, Inc., is FirstNet’s network partner.

Only New Hampshire has announced plans to opt out of FirstNet (TR Daily, Dec. 7). Governors have until Dec. 28 to make opt-out decisions.- Paul Kirby, paul.kirby@wolterskluwer.com

Courtesy TRDaily