Today marks a major step forward for public safety and the broadband network our Nation’s police, fire and EMS have fought for and deserve. First responders frequently lack the ability to coordinate and communicate across agencies and jurisdictions when the public needs them the most.
But that’s about to change. We’re working with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) to build and manage the first-ever nationwide broadband network dedicated to America’s first responders.
We will build a network that is second to none, covering all 50 states, 5 U.S. territories and the District of Columbia, including rural communities and tribal lands. It will strengthen and modernize public safety’s communications capabilities, enabling them to operate faster, safer and more effectively when lives are on the line.
AT&T will spend about $40 billion over the life of the 25-year contract to build, deploy, operate and maintain the network. And our work on FirstNet is expected to create 10,000 U.S. jobs over the next two years.