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All The States In The U.S. Will Be Using The ‘Public Safety Network’ of AT&T


01/01/2018


FirstNet adds to the portfolio of AT&T’s “wireless airwaves”.



All The States In The U.S. Will Be Using The ‘Public Safety Network’ of AT&T
On Friday, 29 December, 2017, AT&T Inc informed that “all 50 U.S. states” had taken the decision of participating in the “nationwide broadband network” which is being built by the company under a “$6.5 billion government contract”.
 
The said contract was awarded to the company in the month of March 2017 which came “years” later following a recommendation of a “federal commission” to set up “such a system” post the 9/11 tragedy.
 
The company is in the second position of “wireless carries” in the U.S., which will be getting “20 megahertz of wireless airwaves and success-based payments of $6.5 billion” over a span of coming five years. The plan of AT&T is to spend around “$40 billion” by spreading the cost across “25 years”, whereby the company is to “build and maintain the network”.
 
Thursday, was the last date for AT&T, in case the company wanted to back out of the “network” and consider building their “own public safety networks”. Not only the states but also “Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands” have joined the above mentioned project called FirstNet; although:
“Decisions from the three Pacific territories of American Samoa, Guam and Northern Mariana Islands are not due until March 12, 2018.
“Wall Street analysts have said FirstNet is a way for AT&T to add to its portfolio of wireless airwaves, or spectrum, at a time when consumers are using more data on their cell phones. The company can use the spectrum it receives from the U.S. government to provide more network capacity for wireless customers when it is not in use by emergency responders”.
 
References:
reuters.com







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