With 10 days to go until the deadline to opt into the FirstNet first responder network, a handful of governors elected to go with the federal first responder network and its contractor, AT&T, in recent days.
Wisconsin and South Dakota announced their decisions on Friday, while Illinois and Colorado followed suit this week.
“We, together with Colorado’s Governing Board, are confident that the investment will not only benefit public safety, but also provide much needed telecommunications infrastructure in rural areas of our state,” Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said in a statement.
Thirty-eight states and two U.S. territories opted into the FirstNet plan as of Tuesday morning. New Hampshire, which intends to build a first responder system with Rivada Networks, is the only state to date to signal that it will go with a rival vendor.
Eleven states and three territories must determine whether to opt into FirstNet or consider alternative plans by Dec. 28. The remaining states are California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island and Washington State.
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