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New Hampshire reverses decision to opt out of FirstNet

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu has decided to accept the nationwide public-safety broadband network deployment plan offered by the First Responder Network Authority and AT&T Inc.

Sununu had announced earlier that the state would opt out of the FirstNet plan presented by AT&T and instead pursue an alternative plan with Rivada Networks LLC. Before FirstNet selected AT&T to be its partner in building the nationwide network, Rivada competed with AT&T for the national contract. The smaller company ultimately lost that bid but has been talking to individual states about alternatives.

"While Rivada's plan remains the better option for New Hampshire, I have determined that the additional risk associated with being the only state to opt-out creates too high a barrier for New Hampshire to continue down the opt-out path alone," Sununu said in a statement.

Mississippi and New York also joined the FirstNet plan on Dec. 28.