Missouri agrees FirstNet deal

The State of Missouri has approved plans from the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and AT&T to deliver a wireless broadband network for its public safety services.

Governor Eric Greitens gave the go-ahead for FirstNet and AT&T to deliver, operate and maintain the network for Missouri’s fire, police, EMS and other public safety bodies “at no cost to the state”.

Charles A. (Drew) Juden, Missouri Director of Public Safety, said: “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.”

Officials evaluated proposals from various firms to expand coverage in rural areas as well as along jurisdictional borders.

FirstNet and AT&T outlined their plans earlier this year for various state governments to consider.

FirstNet CEO Mike Poth, said: “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.” 

Meanwhile, Oregon and Washington are conducting a joint cooperative procurement to improve their wireless broadband networks.