AT&T says all U.S. states will use its public security netwowrk

NEW YORK (P3P) – AT&T Inc stated on Friday that each one 50 U.S. states had determined to take part within the nationwide broadband community it’s constructing for first responders as a part of a $6.5 billion authorities contract.

In March, the U.S. authorities awarded a contract to AT&T to construct the community, years after a federal fee really helpful establishing such a system following the 9/11 assaults.

The No. 2 U.S. wi-fi provider will obtain 20 megahertz of wi-fi airwaves and success-based funds of $6.5 billion over the subsequent 5 years as a part of the venture generally known as FirstNet. AT&T expects to spend about $40 billion over 25 years to construct and preserve the community.

States had till Thursday to decide out of AT&T’s community and construct their very own public security networks. Along with the states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands additionally opted for FirstNet, AT&T stated. Choices from the three Pacific territories of American Samoa, Guam and Northern Mariana Islands aren’t due till March 12, 2018.

Wall Road analysts have stated FirstNet is a approach for AT&T so as to add to its portfolio of wi-fi airwaves, or spectrum, at a time when customers are utilizing extra knowledge on their cell telephones. The corporate can use the spectrum it receives from the U.S. authorities to offer extra community capability for wi-fi prospects when it isn’t in use by emergency responders.