Motorola wins $50.6M to build Calif. network

Thu, 08/19/2010 - 8:15am
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) – Motorola, a maker of phones and police radios, has won a $50.6 million award from the federal government to help build a wireless network for the San Francisco Bay Area's public safety agencies.

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration made the announcement Wednesday.

The network is to serve some 48,000 public safety workers who now must compete with the general public for wireless bandwidth in the region.

Motorola expects to make in-kind contributions to cover the balance of the $72.5 million project's costs.

Motorola shares rose 5 cents to $7.85 in afternoon trading Wednesday.

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