FirstNet Chairman Sam Ginn last week told U.S. governors that the much-anticipated nationwide broadband network for public safety will provide cost savings for state and local first-responder agencies, allow local control during times of emergency, and deliver unprecedented coverage.

During a presentation to the National Governors Association (NGA) in Washington, Ginn said that most nationwide cellular networks actually cover about 65 percent to 70 percent of the United States, from a geographical standpoint. The broadband system that will be deployed by FirstNet will provide much more comprehensive coverage, he said.

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