FirstNet Funds Are Part of DOJ Contract With AT&T

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) this week awarded AT&T a contract the carrier says could be worth up to $984 billion over 15 years. Mobility services and the cloud were critical elements of the deal, with the DOJ obtaining links to AT&T’s FirstNet emergency services network as well as IP data, voice and security services.

The contract covers all DOJ agencies, except the FBI. Through this award, the DOJ will transition to a next-generation communications platform supporting more than 120,000 employees across more than 2,100 locations. 

The contract will be a catalyst for the DOJ’s long-term technology priorities.

The work was awarded through the General Services Administration’s Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions technology procurement program that enables government agencies to cost-effectively modernize and expand mission support. The AT&T work will accelerate the DOJ’s ability to access multiple cloud environments with improved security, reliability and speed. 

Additionally, the DOJ solution includes access to the AT&T mobile network and FirstNet, the nationwide, dedicated public safety communications platform. FirstNet brings public safety a physically separate core network for enhanced security, priority and preemption, no speed limitations anywhere in the country, and Band 14 spectrum for their dedicated use.

AT&T is nearly 60 percent completed in rolling out the core network for first responders, said AT&T President and CEO Randall Stephenson in an earnings call on July 24, according to a transcript from Seeking Alpha. He said the carrier would be almost 70 percent finished with FirstNet by year’s end, ahead of schedule.

August 1, 2019     

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