FirstNet's Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network Moves Forward [April 4, 2017] [open pdf - 102KB]
"On March 30, 2017, FirstNet announced a public-private partnership with AT&T to build a dedicated interoperable wireless broadband network for use by public safety agencies nationwide. Under terms of the 25 year agreement, FirstNet will provide AT&T with up to $6.5 billion for initial network construction over the next five years. Additionally, AT&T will spend about $40 billion of its own funds to build, operate, and maintain the network over the life of the contract. To conduct the buildout, AT&T has assembled a team including Motorola Solutions, General Dynamics, Sapient Consulting, Inmarsat Government, and others. While first responders will have priority and pre-emption access over the FirstNet network, AT&T will be able to monetize the excess network capacity to secondary commercial users. In exchange, AT&T will make annual lease payments to FirstNet, totaling at least $5.625 billion over the period of the contract. Additional penalty payments to FirstNet are possible, depending on AT&T's ability to meet contractual and public safety adoption targets."
CRS Insight, IN10682
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