On June 19, 2017, FirstNet and its partner, AT&T, provided Vermont with their proposal for the construction and general costs associated with maintaining a statewide cellular-type network in Vermont specifically designed for the public safety community. The commission reviewed this draft plan and provided feedback to FirstNet. On September 29, notice was sent to all governors from FirstNet that the final plan was completed. State governors now have 90 days to consider the final plan and make a decision on whether to opt-in or opt-out. If a state opts-in, FirstNet will deploy, operate, maintain and improve the network at no cost or obligation to the state. States that opt-out, must build and deploy the network in their states, assuming all risks and meeting public safety adoption targets. The Public Safety Broadband Network Commission, which includes representatives from the first responder community, are continuing to work with FirstNet on plans for the NPSBN in Vermont. In addition, the commission also issued an RFP for an alternative plan to the FirstNet proposal and are now in the process of evaluating responses. Members of the public safety community are urged to contact their representatives on the commission and share their views and questions on the NPSBN. You may also share your questions and thoughts through the feedback form below. Please note, your feedback is not confidential. If you have any questions about the project, you may also contact the Department of Public Safety program staff working in this program. The DPS contact information is located at the bottom of this page. We appreciate your feedback on the National Public Safety Broadband Network. Your comments are an opportunity to shape the future of this important network.
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