AT&T named vendor for Homeland Security

AT&T named vendor for $3 billion Homeland Security communication program

Associated Press

OAKTON, Va. (AP) -- AT&T Inc. said Tuesday that it was named a prime vendor for a $3 billion contract with the Department of Homeland Security, giving AT&T the ability to compete for work under the contract.

The so-called Tactical Communications Equipment and Services contract is a base contact for two years and three one-year extension options. Homeland Security uses the contract to buy communications devices, infrastructure and services used by first responders.

As a prime vendor, AT&T will compete against other companies for individual awards under the program.

AT&T will compete for DHS business through its Government Solutions unit, which is housed in AT&T's affiliate AT&T Corp.

Shares of AT&T fell 4 cents to $33.49 by early afternoon.

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