In a deal valued at almost $1 billion, the Department of Homeland Security has picked Verizon Communications and AT&T to consolidate its telecom network, with Verizon receiving the lion's share of the contract, the agency said Wednesday. AT&T will serve as a backup provider while Verizon will receive up to $679 million to consolidate the agency's far-flung wide-area networks into a single, secure IP network.

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