AT&T is extending the reach of the FirstNet public safety communications network with dedicated cell sites. It says the change will help emergency response in rural as well as more populated areas.
FirstNet already covers over 99 percent of the U.S. population. But to better serve public safety, AT&T is extending the nationwide reach of FirstNet to give agencies large and small the reliable, unthrottled connectivity and modern communications tools they need.
To do this, the carrier is rolling out high-quality Band 14 spectrum. The FirstNet Authority granted AT&T the right to use Band 14 specifically to support public safety subscribers on FirstNet.
In areas where coverage already exists, AT&T is using Band 14 to help first responders get the capacity they need to get the job done. So far, Band 14 has been deployed on existing cell sites in more than 700 markets.
It’s also launching new FirstNet cell sites across the country to expand rural and remote coverage – including areas where emergency responses have been previously challenged by a lack of connectivity. Areas to benefit from a new, purpose-built FirstNet cell site include: