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Alan Diaz / AP

Federal officials said Thursday that AT&T will build a major wireless broadband network for first responders. The contract is worth $6.5 billion dollars, and billions more are expected to be spent on building out and operating the network.

This is a big step for the network, called FirstNet, which grew out of concerns on 9/11 about the inability of first responders to communicate with each other in an emergency. But the project has been troubled.

Why it matters: AT&T gets 20 megahertz of wireless spectrum to deploy as part of the project. That's primarily meant to be used for first responders, but the company can use excess network capacity to serve its customers — a boon given demand for wireless data has been on the rise. States are allowed to opt-out of the network, however, and develop their own systems.

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Rep. Lou Correa tests positive for COVID-19

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Rep. Lou Correa (D-Calif.) announced on Saturday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Why it matters: Correa is the latest Democratic lawmaker to share his positive test results after last week's deadly Capitol riot. Correa did not shelter in the designated safe zone with his congressional colleagues during the siege, per a spokesperson, instead staying outside to help Capitol Police.

Far-right figure "Baked Alaska" arrested for involvement in Capitol siege

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The FBI arrested far-right media figure Tim Gionet, known as "Baked Alaska," on Saturday for his involvement in last week's Capitol riot, according to a statement of facts filed in the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia.

The state of play: Gionet was arrested in Houston on charges related to disorderly or disruptive conduct on the Capitol grounds or in any of the Capitol buildings with the intent to impede, disrupt, or disturb the orderly conduct of a session, per AP.