Michigan Joins National Public Safety Broadband Network

First response teams in Michigan are getting a big boost to their communications soon after the state opted into a national public safety broadband network.

Lt. Governor Brian Calley recently signed a letter for Michigan to participate in AT&T’s First Responder Network Authority, known as FirstNet.

FirstNet will build, operate and maintain a secure wireless broadband communications network for Michigan’s public safety community, at no cost to the state, for the next 25 years.

The service is expected to boost broadband access in rural areas.

Cally says the decision to join FirstNet was made three years ago after talks with public safety officials throughout Michigan.

FirstNet was created in 2012, following a recommendation from the 9/11 Commission to dedicate a nationwide broadband network to be used during large-scale emergencies.

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