The state's 911 Board has entered into a seven-year, $99 million contract with AT&T to upgrade what's considered the communications backbone of the state's 117 primary 911 centers. The Department of Information Technology says the new high-speed connections will allow centers to easily take calls from other jurisdictions during emergencies.
The state says all call centers should be linked by 2020 through the AT&T contract taking effect last Friday. There's no timeline on the photo and video capability.
The 911 upgrades are paid through a 60-cent monthly fee on mobile and landline phone devices.
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