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AT&T acknowledges permitting and work force shortages as it builds out FirstNet, 5G

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson, while discussing the carrier’s Q1 earnings with analysts yesterday said the company is still building FirstNet and enhancing their 5G network’s density, but he echoed the general concern of all carriers, their inability to get timely permitting for new projects.

“These [projects] require permitting and government officials, and government officials are sheltered in place…so while we have no intention of slowing down on 5G and fiber deployment and such, the reality is that a lot of it is not in our control. We are having to work through some of those issues,” said Stephenson.

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