California Decides to Opt-In to FirstNet Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Cal OES Director Mark Ghilarducci announced today that California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. has approved California to opt-in to the nationwide public-safety broadband network deployment plan offered by the First Responders Network Authority (FirstNet) to deliver a wireless broadband network to California’s public safety communities.

In an accompanying letter, Director Ghilarducci explains, “While significant progress was made, more work is needed for the FirstNet State Plan to ultimately be a successful initiative that provides a durable public safety communications network.”

Under the law that established FirstNet, governors in all 56 states and territories have the choice to “opt-in” by accepting the FirstNet deployment plan and allowing AT&T to build the LTE radio access network (RAN) within the state’s borders or to “opt-out”, which would require the state to be responsible for building and maintaining the RAN for the next 25 years.

Click link here to download Governor Brown’s letter and Director Ghilarducci’s accompanying letter dated December 28, 2017.

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Robb Mayberry

Robb Mayberry is a Public Information Officer for the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. He has assisted in the response and recovery efforts with some of California’s worst disasters, including the San Refugio Oil Spill, the Valley and Butte Wildfires, Aliso Canyon Gas Leak, Erskine Fire, and the Winters Storms of 2017. Prior to public service, he spent 25 years managing the public and media relations for some of Northern California’s largest healthcare organizations.

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