How do I get FirstNet?
Subscribers can include primary user and extended primary users. Primary users are public safety personnel whose primary mission and job is to provide services to the public in the areas of law enforcement, fire suppression and prevention, or emergency medical services.
Extended primary users are other entities that provide public safety services, and include individuals, agencies, organizations, non-profit or for-profit companies who are not primary users, but who may be called upon to support public safety personnel with the mitigation, remediation, overhaul, clean-up, restoration, or other such services that are required during the time of incident or post-incident. Extended primary users may be called on a temporary or on-going basis.
States must Opt-In
Before a public safety entity can sign up for FirstNet, the Governor of the state or territory must agree to participate in FirstNet by Opting-In. FirstNet will deliver a State Plan to the Governor to make an Opt-In/Opt-Out decision. Upon receipt of the State Plan, a Governor will choose whether to participate in the plan provided by FirstNet or the state is required to deploy, operate, maintain and improve its own radio access network (RAN) in the state or territory.
We are excited to share that 33 states and territories have announced their decision to Opt-In to FirstNet. Virginia made history when it became the first state to Opt-In on July 10th and Wyoming quickly followed suit that afternoon. Most recently, on November 17th, Georgia Opted-In to FirstNet’s nationwide public safety broadband network.
Connect with your local FirstNet Specialist
Once the Governor of the state or territory has Opted-In to FirstNet, you can contact a local FirstNet Specialist to learn more about how FirstNet will help public safety in its vital mission, and get information on rate plan pricing, devices, applications, and procurement options. FirstNet Specialists are available in your local area and ready to help.