How do I get FirstNet?

Who can subscribe to 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, emergency medical services (EMS), emergency management and public safety communications (Public Safety Answering Points, or PSAPs, and dispatch).

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.

What's the process to get FirstNet?

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 56 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 January 19th, Northern Mariana Islands 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.

All 56 states & territories have Opted-In to FirstNet
Open List
  1. 1. Virginia
  2. 2. Wyoming
  3. 3. Arkansas
  4. 4. Kentucky
  5. 5. Iowa
  6. 6. New Jersey
  7. 7. West Virginia
  8. 8. Virgin Islands
  9. 9. New Mexico
  10. 10. Michigan
  11. 11. Maine
  12. 12. Montana
  13. 13. Arizona
  14. 14. Kansas
  15. 15. Nevada
  16. 16. Hawaii
  17. 17. Alaska
  18. 18. Tennessee
  19. 19. Nebraska
  20. 20. Puerto Rico
  21. 21. Maryland
  22. 22. Idaho
  23. 23. Texas
  24. 24. Louisiana
  25. 25. Minnesota
  26. 26. Alabama
  27. 27. Indiana
  28. 28. Oklahoma
  29. 29. Pennsylvania
  30. 30. South Carolina
  31. 31. Utah
  32. 32. North Carolina
  33. 33. Georgia
  34. 34. Vermont
  35. 35. Ohio
  36. 36. Missouri
  37. 37. Wisconsin
  38. 38. South Dakota
  39. 39. Illinois
  40. 40. Colorado
  41. 41. Rhode Island
  42. 42. North Dakota
  43. 43. Delaware
  44. 44. Massachusetts
  45. 45. Connecticut
  46. 46. Washington
  47. 47. Oregon
  48. 48. District of Columbia
  49. 49. Mississippi
  50. 50. New York
  51. 51. New Hampshire
  52. 52. Florida
  53. 53. California
  54. 54. Guam
  55. 55. American Samoa
  56. 56. Northern Mariana Islands

The value of Opting-In

Contact your SPOC

Connect with your state single point of contact (SPOC) to determine your state’s Opt-In/Opt-Out status

Contact a FirstNet Specialist

Get in touch with your local FirstNet Specialist to join FirstNet