Maryland to Transform Communications for Public Safety

Governor Larry Hogan has announced Maryland will advance communications for first responders by opting in to the FirstNet and AT&T (NYSE: T) plan, the company said.

This state-of-the-art plan will deliver a wireless broadband network to Maryland´s public safety community, allowing for faster, more informed and better coordinated responses. Through FirstNet´s advanced technologies, Maryland´s first responder subscribers will now have additional resources to help save lives and protect communities.

AT&T, in a public-private partnership with FirstNet, will build, operate and maintain a highly secure wireless broadband communications network for Maryland´s public safety community at no cost to the state. The FirstNet network will drive innovation and create an entire system of modernized devices, apps and tools for first responders.

The decision enables FirstNet and AT&T to begin creating an entirely new wireless ecosystem for public safety communications. Maryland´s first responder subscribers will have immediate access to quality of service and priority to voice and data across the existing nationwide AT&T LTE network.

The administration´s decision to opt-in will enable AT&T to buildout FirstNet in Maryland and begin planning and construction ahead of schedule. This will create a highly secure public safety network for Maryland´s first responder subscribers and provide priority use and preemption on this network.

Preemption for primary users over the AT&T LTE network is expected by year-end. This means fire, police, EMS and other public safety workers will have dedicated access to the network when and where they need it — 24/7/365, like their mission.

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) is an independent authority within the US Department of Commerce. Chartered in 2012, its mission is to ensure the building, deployment, and operation of the nationwide, broadband network that equips first responders to save lives and protect US communities. Learn more at FirstNet.gov/mediakit and follow FirstNet (@FirstNetGov) on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) helps millions around the globe connect with entertainment, business, mobile and high speed Internet services.