AT&T customers and FirstNet subscribers in Hagerstown got a big boost in wireless connectivity. We’ve added a new cell site to enhance the area’s mobile broadband coverage and help give residents and first responders faster, more reliable wireless service. Our investment will help customers get the most out of their mobile devices.
The new site will improve coverage around Wandering Lane and Wagman Road, north of the Maryland Correctional Training Center.
“We consistently work to provide better coverage for the community and its first responders."Denis Dunn — President, AT&T Maryland
“We want our customers to have a great experience. With this network expansion, they’ll be able to experience better network connectivity while streaming videos, sharing on social media or texting family and friends,” said Denis Dunn, president, AT&T Maryland. “We consistently work to provide better coverage for the community and its first responders. And we’re investing in our wireless network to accomplish that.”
Paul Frey, president and CEO of the Washington County Chamber added: “This past year has reminded us all about the importance of connectivity, including access to mobile broadband. AT&T’s continued investment in Washington County will help our businesses thrive and our communities recover.”
We know how important it is for our customers to stay connected. That’s why we’re also boosting network reliability and capacity as we expand our network. This helps Maryland residents get the best possible experience over the AT&T network wherever they live, work and play.
These upgrades will also benefit public safety and first responders on FirstNet – public safety’s dedicated communications platform that gives Maryland’s first responders access to always-on, 24-hours-a-day priority and preemption across voice and data. FirstNet is bringing public safety communications into the 21st century with new, innovative capabilities to help those users stay safe and save lives.
These enhancements also bring Band 14 spectrum to the area. Band 14 is nationwide, high-quality spectrum set aside by the government specifically for FirstNet. We look at Band 14 as public safety’s VIP lane. In an emergency, this band – or lane – can be cleared and locked just for FirstNet subscribers. When not in use by FirstNet subscribers, AT&T customers can enjoy Band 14’s added coverage and capacity.
FirstNet is built with AT&T in a public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority. It’s designed to help first responders in Maryland and across the country connect to the critical information they need – when they need it – so they can keep themselves and the communities they serve safer.
We’re committed to our networks in Maryland.
From 2017 to 2019, we invested nearly $525 million in Maryland’s wireless and wired networks. These investments boost reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and their businesses.