CHEYENNE, Wyo. â€“ Governor Matt Mead announced today that Wyoming will join the First Responder Network Authority known as FirstNet. Congress established FirstNet in 2012 to build, operate, and maintain the first high-speed, nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to public safety. This network has been a top priority for first responders and public safety agencies in Wyoming and throughout the country, and has been designed on their specific, expressed needs. Governor Mead sent a letter to Mike Poth, CEO of FirstNet, indicating Wyomingâ€™s intent to participate in the plan.
â€œThe State of Wyoming has participated in FirstNet consultation and outreach activities throughout the planning of the network and reviewed the details of the FirstNet State Plan,â€ wrote Governor Mead. â€œI have determined that it is in the best interest of Wyoming to participate in the FirstNet deployment of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network.â€
FirstNet network satisfies the priorities identified by the Wyoming public safety community, rapidly provides access to public safety features, and delivers extensive population and geographic coverage. Â
Pursuant to the federal law, the Governor had three options: opt-in, opt-out or do nothing. With the opt-in decision, FirstNet and AT&T take on all the risks, costs and responsibilities associated with deploying the network in Wyoming for 25 years. Wyoming is not responsible for any costs for the FirstNet network. If a state opts-out, the state is responsible for all costs and logistics associated with the network. If a state does nothing, then it defaults to opt-in.
â€œFirstNet will be an asset for emergency personnel across Wyoming. This is a tool that allows for better communication and faster response,â€ said Governor Mead.
More information on FirstNet is available on their website: firstnet.gov