The Texas Department of Information Resources has negotiated and posted a new contract for FirstNet services provided by AT&T.

The new terms provide, among other things, a new pricing structure with potential cost savings for many agencies. The new contract and appendices are available at the following link from the Texas Department of Information Resources: DIR-TSO-3420.

To be eligible for FirstNet service, an authorized user must belong to a qualified “public safety entity,” as defined by FirstNet. These entities are divided into two groups:

  • Primary users: law enforcement, fire suppression and prevention, emergency medical services, emergency management, and public safety communications (including public safety answering point personnel and public safety telecommunicators)
  • Extended primary users: encompasses a large group of both non-profit and for-profit organizations that provide support for public safety functions, such as emergency relief, hazard clean-up, transportation, or restoration of services such as utilities/energy, and communication. The full list of extended primary entity types is determined by North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Code, which is available in Appendix C (FirstNet) of the DIR-TSO-3420 contract

For additional questions and clarification, contact your local AT&T-FirstNet representative.

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Jared is a lead coordinator for the Texas Public Safety Broadband Program. He has spent 12 years in intelligence and support roles for the military and law enforcement. Jared is always interested in new technologies that help the public safety mission.

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