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Commerce Dept’s IG Audits FirstNet’s National Public Safety Broadband Network Contract With AT&T

The Commerce Department’s inspector general has commenced a year-long audit to assess how the First Responder Network Authority oversees the development of a national public safety broadband network through a contract awarded to AT&T, Reuters reported Friday.

AT&T secured a potential $6.5 billion contract in March 2017 to build and operate the national network designed to free up bandwidth for emergency responders through pre-emptive and priority access to network.

Carol Rice, assistant inspector general for audit and evaluation, said in a May 3 memo the audit seeks to evaluate if FirstNet “properly administered” a task order for the network’s implementation, maintenance and operation.

AT&T officials and the government told Reuters the audit was a routine procedure and that the FirstNet’s core is now operational in all U.S. states.

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