Here’s why you need to opt-out and consider alternatives

RURAL COVERAGE

Without nationwide coverage, FirstNet can never achieve true interoperability. Nearly one quarter of rural America will never be served by FirstNet’s partner.

TRUE LOCAL CONTROL

Who should prioritize access to the First Responder Network – a commercial carrier or your local incident commander?  States who opt-in give up control and rights to prioritize users on the network to AT&T.

Revenue to the State

States who opt-in give up rights to the spectrum  to AT&T for 25 years. States who opt-out can receive millions of dollars through monetization of excess capacity.

Deadline to make Opt-In or Opt-Out decision

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Opting Out gives States more time to consider the options.
By Opting Out, States can still choose either option for a further 180 Days 

QUESTIONS

Questions surrounding the FirstNet Opt-Out process.

What is FirstNet?
What is FirstNet?
What is FirstNet?
FirstNet is an upcoming nationwide, high-speed broadband and cell phone network dedicated to public safety. U.S. States and territories are now being asked to either opt into AT&T’s FirstNet offering, or to issue an RFP to identify an alternative provider for their State.
Is FirstNet Free?
Is FirstNet Free?
Is FirstNet Free?
Should a State opt into AT&T’s FirstNet offering, there will be no cost to the State for the network build, but they will be charged a monthly fee for service from AT&T. Also, giving up the rights to the spectrum to AT&T and all associated revenues for the next 25 years. States who opt-out could receive millions of dollars through the monetization of excess network capacity.
What does FirstNetcost my State?
What does FirstNetcost my State?
What does FirstNet
cost my State?
AT&T have not yet clarified what the monthly charges are likely to be. However, alternative providers are offering potential revenue to the State by monetizing excess capacity on the network.
Will my State or its public safety departments<br />
get any revenue from spectrum monetization?
Will my State or its public safety departments
get any revenue from spectrum monetization?
Will my State or its public safety departments
get any revenue from spectrum monetization?
Not if your State opts in. Opting into AT&T’s FirstNet offering gives up all rights to the network and associated revenue to AT&T for the next 25 years. States that opt-out could receive millions of dollars annually through monetization of excess network capacity. That money must be reinvested in the network.
Can my Governor opt-out even though the Governor signed a Letter of Intent to opt-in?
Can my Governor opt-out even though the Governor signed a Letter of Intent to opt-in?
Can my Governor opt-out even though the Governor signed a Letter of Intent to opt-in?
“Opt-in letters” are not legally binding, and States can still decide to opt-out up to the 28th December, 90 days after receiving their final State plan from FirstNet. The State can issue an RFP before or after making its opt out choice.
Can my State negotiate coverage footprint & long-term user fees with FirstNet and AT&T?
Can my State negotiate coverage footprint & long-term user fees with FirstNet and AT&T?
Can my State negotiate coverage footprint & long-term user fees with FirstNet and AT&T?
No. AT&T/FirstNet will determine the network design and all associated fees/costs.
Will FirstNet or AT&T re-imburse the State for the monthly user fees that they charge the first responders?
Will FirstNet or AT&T re-imburse the State for the monthly user fees that they charge the first responders?
Will FirstNet or AT&T re-imburse the State for the monthly user fees that they charge the first responders?
No.
Can I use my existing carrier<br />
even if my State opts-in?
Can I use my existing carrier
even if my State opts-in?
Can I use my existing carrier
even if my State opts-in?
Yes. You are not obliged to use the FirstNet network even if you decide to opt in. However, you will not have access to any revenues generated on the network.
Will there be a legal contract between<br />
the State and FirstNet?
Will there be a legal contract between
the State and FirstNet?
Will there be a legal contract between
the State and FirstNet?
No. the only contract will be between FirstNet and AT&T. You will have no recourse to enforce any promises made to your State if you opt in. If you opt out, the contract will be between the State and the preferred provider.
Who will be responsible for the operations<br />
and maintenance of the network if my State opts out?
Who will be responsible for the operations
and maintenance of the network if my State opts out?
Who will be responsible for the operations
and maintenance of the network if my State opts out?
This is entirely up to the State to decide. It can hand over responsibility to the State’s selected entity (following a State RFP process) or it can decide to perform that function itself.
Will a State that opts-out be interoperable with the opt-in States?
Will a State that opts-out be interoperable with the opt-in States?
Will a State that opts-out be interoperable with the opt-in States?
Yes. This is a requirement of the legislation.

FIRSTNET OPTIONS NEWS

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WHY NOT AT&T?

AT&T does not offer the same level of guaranteed customer service, dedicated maintenance, or absolute and ruthless pre-emption that other options do.

The Network will be built around the existing commercial coverage footprint of AT&T, rather than on the geographic needs of Public Safety.

The Band-14 spectrum allocated will be commingled with lower quality commercial spectrum, on legacy infrastructure, rather than made ubiquitously availible to the mission of Public Safety.

A large retail carrier will always choose the needs of its more that 100 million commercial wireless subscribers over the needs of the 3.2 million First Responders across the U.S.

Competing objectives exist at every stage of the process – from design and development, through operations, and in a disaster situation.

The excess bandwidth on the network will be availible only to commercial subscribers of AT&T.

WHITEPAPER
Why states should issue an RFP?

How Issuing an RFP Gives States the Ability to Negotiate the Best Possible FirstNet Deal
By Berge Ayvazian – Wireless 20/20

Common business sense would question the soundness of the decision by Virginia and other states to forgo an RFP and opt-in early.

States that have issued FirstNet RFPs have a clear advantage.

States should not give away control of this valuable and vital public safety spectrum.

Wireless 20/20 has identified several good role models for State’s planning to issue FirstNet RFPs.

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