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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