FirstNet is poised to begin the actual build-out of the network with the selection of AT&T as its national partner. On June 19, FirstNet provided each state and territory with a unique build-out plan. This draft plan may be reviewed by states for 45 days. States may request more information and negotiate changes in the draft plan. Following the 45 days (or sooner if a state indicates it has completed its review of the draft plan early) FirstNet will compose and deliver a final build-out plan to the governors of each state. In Vermont, the Public Safety Broadband Network Commission will examine and evaluate any plans that are prepared and will advise the Governor regarding whether the plan should be accepted. If a state decides to opt-out of the FirstNet/AT&T proposed plan, that state must demonstrate that its alternative plan can meet eight measurements. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration will play a key role in administering the opt-out progression by managing the process for states to enter into a spectrum capacity lease agreement with FirstNet and access grant funds for RAN construction.
What are Vermont's Options?
More Details on a State's Opt-In/Opt-Out Decision
To assist the states in this process, FirstNet has developed the following tutorial to highlight some of the major steps and considerations leading up to a governor's decision on a state plan. If you have questions after watching this briefing, please contact the DPS FirstNet project team at (802) 241-5535 or via email at DPS.PSBC@vermont.gov.
The FirstNet project is housed within the Radio Technology Services unit of the Department of Public Safety. We have prepared this two-page handout with details regarding some of the specifics of the network.