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AT&T’s Kay Kapoor: Public-Private Partnership to Drive FirstNet Program

Kay Kapoor

TYSONS CORNER, VA, April 10, 2017 — Kay Kapoor, president of AT&T’s (NYSE: T) global public sector solutions business, has said the company will work with the First Responder Network Authority to migrate the public safety traffic to the band 14 network over the next five years, ExecutiveBiz reported Friday.

She told the Dallas Business Journal in an interview published Thursday the public-private partnership means that the $6.5 billion awarded through the FirstNet contract will come from the agency to support the five-year build-out phase while AT&T will invest $40 billion over the 25-year course of the program to maintain the broadband network.

Kapoor noted that the program is meant to be self-sustaining as the network will serve both public safety and commercial users, with the former receiving preemption and priority service through AT&T’s existing network before their transition to band 14.

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