Kansas taps AT&T to boost fire, police communications in emergencies

by Mark Davis
mdavis@kcstar.com
The Kansas City Star

Fire, police, medical and other first responders in Kansas will gain dedicated wireless services in emergencies under the state’s FirstNet deal with AT&T.

Kansas became the 13th state to opt-in under AT&T’s FirstNet dedicated wireless broadband network for first responders. The Virgin Islands, a U.S. territory, also has opted in.

Gov. Sam Brownback announced the decision Tuesday in Topeka, accepting a proposal AT&T presented along with proposals to each state in June.

Under the plan with Kansas, AT&T will build, operate and maintain a broadband network without charge to the state through a public private partnership with the federally created First Responder Network Authority.

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