Scott, a Republican, said Wednesday he believes the plan will more quickly and sustainably provide the public safety community with the network it needs to continue its valuable service to Vermont.
"We are excited about the opportunity to leverage Macquarie Capital's extensive global expertise as the premier developer of infrastructure assets, for the benefit of opt-out states", said Declan Ganley, Chairman and CEO of Rivada Networks.
"This technology will transform public-safety communications by providing a modern, digital and high-performance network capability to first responders across the state and the nation", Rick Schmal, Ohio program director for the Multi-Agency Radio Communication System (MARCS), said in a prepared statement.
But each state can go to a separate provider to build its own service, that would be linked into the national network. Rivada Networks and Macquarie Capital announced today they will jointly pursue opt-out state contracts under the FirstNet legislation. "We are pleased to have received the conditional award from the Colorado Governor's Office of Information Technology and look forward to working with the state to develop this exciting project".
OH officials today announced that the state has accepted the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) deployment plan offered by FirstNet and AT&T on behalf of his state, making OH the 33rd state-not including two territories-to "opt-in" to the FirstNet system.
They added: "The purpose-built public safety network will provide greater functionality and lower the cost of telecommunications for public safety". Governors in 53 states and territories that received initial state plans on June 19-the exceptions being the Pacific territories of Guam, American Samoa and the Northern Mariana Island, which will have a separate timetable-are required to make their "opt-in/opt-out" decisions by December 28.