Verizon Steps Up Pressure on AT&T for Police, Emergency-Response Customers
Verizon controls two-thirds of the first responder call center market.

Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) said that it will build designated lines in its core network specifically for police and emergency response centers as the company looks to compete with AT&T Inc. (T) for government contracts. 

AT&T won a federal contract to build FirstNet, a nationwide network designed to provide wireless data connections for first responders during emergencies, for $6.5 billion earlier this year. 

Verizon says it controls about two-thirds of the market for police, firefighters and first responders. 

Verizon shares were up 0.17% to $48.56 in premarket trading Wednesday. 

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