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

by Mark Davis
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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