Delaware’s first responders are getting a boost in their wireless communications with the addition of new, purpose-built FirstNet cell sites and other network enhancements statewide. This new infrastructure, the agency said last week, is a part of the FirstNet network expansion taking place, bringing increased coverage, capacity and capabilities for public safety. The agency says the expansion is ahead of schedule.
Eight new FirstNet cell sites in Delaware are in the following counties:
- Kent: A new site in Kenton provides coverage to the town and helps fill the gap between Pearsons Corner and Cheswold. A new site in Felton provides coverage in rural Delaware, covering Sandtown, Petersburg and Route 12 between Felton and the Delaware/Maryland border.
- New Castle: A new site in Newark improves coverage at the University of Delaware Science & Technology building, as well as boost capacity at athletic facilities along S. College Avenue. A new site in Townsend improves coverage around scenic Highway 9 and Saw Mill Branch Road.
- Sussex: A new site in Milford improves coverage in and around downtown Milford. A new site in Milton (adjacent to Dogfish Head Brewery) boosts coverage for the retail business area along Main Street and residential homes in the downtown area of Milton. A new site in Dagsboro enhances coverage along Routes 113 & 26 and in downtown Dagsboro. And, a new site in Millsboro improves coverage along Routes 24 & 23.
These sites were identified by state and public safety stakeholders as priority locations. With FirstNet, it’s about where first responders need connectivity. These sites were constructed using Band 14 spectrum, as well as AT&T commercial spectrum.
“I am pleased to see FirstNet staying true to its promise of expanding coverage in our area with the new site builds,” said Jay Jones, president, Delaware Volunteer Firefighters Association. “As a 3rd-generation firefighter, this technology and service brings us to a whole new level of fire suppression. We’ve been able to get reliable coverage in areas where we’ve previously struggled. With 60 volunteer fire companies in the state, knowing our members can easily subscribe to public safety’s network – it’s changing the game for us.”