- Associated Press - Thursday, November 30, 2017

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont Gov. Phil Scott says he’s decided to opt-in to the federal FirstNet plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the state’s public safety community.

A state commission recently recommended that Vermont join the federal contract with AT&T; to build a broadband network for use by public safety agencies across the country.

Every U.S. state and territory must choose whether to opt in to the FirstNet contract with AT&T; or come up with another way to build a first responder network. More than 30 states have chosen the FirstNet contract.

Scott, a Republican, said Wednesday he believes the plan will more quickly and sustainably provide the public safety community with the network it needs to continue its valuable service to Vermont.

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