Indiana to Opt-In to Nationwide Public Broadband Network Deployment Plan

Indiana to Opt-In to Nationwide Public Broadband Network Deployment Plan

Indiana will be joining 24 other states in the nationwide public broadband network deployment plan offered by FirstNet and AT&T.  Governor Eric Holcomb announced the Hoosier state’s participation today, which will build modern, high-speed, wireless communication infrastructure for the state’s public safety workers and first responders at no cost to taxpayers.  Governor Holcomb issued a statement saying, “This new communications network will help those on the front lines coordinate better and faster to serve and protect our citizens and communities.”

Local public safety and first responder entities will pay subscription fees to access the infrastructure.  Participation in the network is voluntary.

FirstNet was established by federal law in 2012.

FirstNet worked collaboratively with the state’s Integrated Public Safety Commission (IPSC) to address Indiana’s needs and concerns.  Since 2012, IPSC has been traveling the state to educate and gather input and feedback from public safety professionals about the FirstNet plan for Indiana.

“This network will prevent communication difficulties and inefficiencies in times of crisis and confusion,” IPSC Executive Director David Vice said.  “Indiana has conducted an unprecedented effort to reach out to public safety officials and decision makers across the state to ensure FirstNet is right for our state.”

With Gov. Holcomb’s decision to opt-in to FirstNet, Indiana joins 24 other states—Virginia, Wyoming, Arkansas, Kentucky, Iowa, New Jersey, West Virginia, New Mexico, Michigan, Maine, Montana, Arizona, Kansas, Nevada, Hawaii, Alaska, Tennessee, Nebraska, Maryland, Texas, Minnesota, Alabama, Idaho and Louisiana.