Does the Alabama FirstNet State Contract include Push-to-talk (PTT)?
The Alabama State T303 Contract for FirstNet services does not include PTT. In 2014, legislative code 41-16-27 was enacted allowing for a multiple award cellular contract and requiring PTT to be awarded on a separate competitively bid contract.
Southern Linc Wireless was awarded the T129 Contract as the cellular provider for PTT services for the State of Alabama. Thus, State agencies are only allowed to procure cellular PTT services on the T129 contract, currently held by Southern Linc.
Municipalities, County Government, and Universities are not restricted from entering into a separate contract of their own which adheres to their local procurement laws in order to purchase FirstNet PTT services.