|Submitted||Jan. 9, 2018|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Vermont public records law (1 V.S.A. §§ 315-320), I hereby request the following records:
* All the information about the plan FirstNet sent to the Governor's Office in late September and your state's response to FirstNet or the First Responder Network Authority.
* Any requests by state officials for access to inspect national FirstNet contracts and MOUs with AT&T.
As background for responding to this request, FirstNet is a organization within the National Telecommunications and Information Administration established in 2012 for the sole purpose of setting up a nationwide cellular network that first responders can use. Earlier this year, FirstNet signed a deal with AT&T this year and in September submitted a plan to all 50 states for the rollout of this network. States have 90 days to either opt in to the plan (binding them to AT&T for 25 years) or develop an alternative plan of their own, with no response opting the state into the AT&T plan.
There is more information on FirstNet and the proposal process available at the following article:
As well as on FirstNet’s webiste: https://www.firstnet.gov
The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.
In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 3 business days, as the statute requires.
Dear Mr. Morisey:
We have received your request for public records dated January 9, 2018. You requested:
1. All the information about the plan FirstNet sent to the Governor's Office in late September and your State's response to FirstNet or the First responder Network Authority; and
2. Any requests by state officials for access to inspect national FirstNet contracts and MOUs with AT&T.
First, please be advised that the State of Vermont's Public Safety Broadband Network Commission was created to help plan, develop, and implement a public safety broadband network to support the communication needs of first responders. The Commission is the custodian of all records relating to the review and decision of the Governor to Opt-In. If you seek information in addition to the information specifically requested, please contact the Commission. Enclosed please find the following documents responsive to your request:
A. Official Notice of FirstNet Proposed Network deployment and Decision to Opt In or Opt Out dated September 29, 2017.
B. Governor's Letter Regarding Opt-In, in which we redacted trade secrets or proprietary information and information, the disclosure of which could threaten the security of property.
Second, to the extent your request for "All the information about..." suggests more than the two documents you have specifically requested, I ask, pursuant to 1 V.S.A. 318(d), in order to be as responsive as possible, that you clarify your request or provide additional information to assist us in responding to the request.
Please note the Office of the Governor has no records responsive to your request for requests from public officials. Again, I suggest that this request be directed to the Commission.
As the records custodian, I certify, as required by 1 V.S.A. §318(a)(2), that I consider the redacted and withheld materials to be exempt from disclosure pursuant to 1 V.S.A. 317(c)(9) (trade secrets or proprietary information); and 1 V.S.A. 317(c)(25) (information, the disclosure of which could threaten the security of property).
You have the right to appeal, as explained in 1 V.S.A. §318, to Jason Gibbs, Chief of Staff relative to my certification of the records as exempt.
Very truly yours,
Jaye Pershing Johnson
On behalf of Karen Pallas, Records Officer
Jaye Pershing Johnson
Office of Governor Philip B. Scott
State of Vermont
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