Hurricane Harvey Calls Texas to Partner with Telemedicine Network

By Nolan Miles
P3 Kentucky Staff Writer

Earlier this year, AT&T entered a public-private partnership with the federal government’s FirstNet Authority, a nationwide network for first responders. Texas has officially become the 23rd U.S. state or territory to opt into the partnership.

“As we saw in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, our first responders are often the last and only hope for safety in rapidly-changing and life-threatening situations, but this partnership with FirstNet and AT&T allows Texas’ fire, police, EMS and other public safety personnel to be better equipped when responding in these emergencies,” said Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

The agreement outlines that FirstNet will pay up to $6.5 million to build out the network, and AT&T will invest an additional $40 billion over a span of 25 years. States are required to provide a statewide telemedicine network but have the option to partner with outside sources.

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