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All 50 states join FirstNet as deadline closes

All 50 states, two territories and the District of Columbia opted in to the First Responder Network Authority and AT&T Inc.'s plan to design and build a dedicated wireless broadband network for their respective public safety communities.

Decisions from the three Pacific territories of American Samoa, Guam and Northern Marianas Islands are not due until March 12, 2018, FirstNet said Dec. 29.

AT&T plans to spend about $40 billion over the life of the contract to deliver FirstNet. The First Responder Network Authority is offering success-based payments of $6.5 billion over the next five years as well as 20 MHz of high-value spectrum to support FirstNet's build. FirstNet will also bring first responders new capabilities in 2018.

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu had earlier said that the state would opt out of the FirstNet plan and pursue an alternative plan with Rivada Networks LLC, but he changed course and decided to opt in as the deadline neared. Mississippi and New York also joined the FirstNet network on Dec. 28, the last day for states to do so.