Alabama to transform communications for public safety

Governor Kay Ivey has announced her decision to accept the FirstNet and AT&T (NYSE: T) plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the state´s public safety community, the company said.

The FirstNet network will bring advanced tools to help Alabama´s first responders save lives and protect communities.

AT&T, in a public-private partnership with FirstNet, will build, operate and maintain a highly secure wireless broadband communications network for Alabama´s public safety community at no cost to the state. The FirstNet network will drive innovation and create an entire system of modernized devices, apps and tools for first responders.

Following an in-depth evaluation of the proposed AT&T and FirstNet plan, as well as proposals by other potential vendors, Alabama selected the FirstNet and AT&T public-private partnership, bringing public safety the overall best value solution with the least risk.

FirstNet will transform the way Alabama´s fire, police, EMS and other public safety personnel communicate and share information.

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) is an independent authority within the US Department of Commerce. Chartered in 2012, its mission is to ensure the building, deployment, and operation of the nationwide, broadband network that equips first responders to save lives and protect US communities. Learn more at FirstNet.gov/mediakit and follow FirstNet (@FirstNetGov) on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

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