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FCC Issues Requirements for FirstNet Opt-Out States

The Federal Communications Commission has defined standards that the agency will use to assess broadband networks of U.S. states that are opting out of the First Responder Network Authority’s national public safety network, MeriTalk reported Thursday.

FCC will evaluate states’ requests to use their own networks through a two-pronged review system.

The agency released standards that will be used during the second part of the review process, including a requirement to incorporate access point names that can support nationwide interoperability.

FCC said states do not have to use the same APNs as FirstNet to meet interoperability standards.

AT&T announced earlier this month that 20 U.S. states and territories have opted into FirstNet’s network deployment plan, which the telecommunications company will help deliver.

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