Opt-In & Opt-Out

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. States reviewed the draft plans and were given 45 days to prepare a list of questions and concerns for FirstNet. States nationwide are currently in conversations with FirstNet about proposed plans for their state and are negotiating  changes. From now until mid-September, FirstNet will work on the composition and delivery of final build-out plans that will be released 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.  If a state opts-in, FirstNet and AT&T will begin immediate work to give the public safety community access to the network and assume the responsibility of building, maintaining and operating the network over a 25 year period.

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. 

Vermont Timeline of Opt-In/Opt-Out

Historic Timeline of FirstNet Project in Vermont


Public Safety Broadband Network Commission
Department of Public Safety
45 State Drive Waterbury, VT 05671
(802) 241-5535/ Email the PSBC

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