FirstNet Selects AT&T
On March 30, the Department of Commerce and First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) announced the selection of AT&T to build the first nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated for use by public safety entities. FirstNet and AT&T have entered into a 25-year agreement which includes, among other requirements, that:
- FirstNet will provide 20 MHz of spectrum and $6.5 billion over five years;
- AT&T will spend $40 billion over the life of the contract to build, deploy, operate, and maintain the network; and
- AT&T will connect FirstNet users to the company’s telecom network.