AT&T continues to expand its network across Western Pennsylvania, giving FirstNet subscribers and other customers in the region another boost in mobile broadband connectivity. AT&T turned on new sites in Beaver, Cambria, Clearfield, Crawford, Erie and Washington Counties that improve mobile broadband coverage and capacity in the following areas:
“We continue to build out our network across the Commonwealth, including our more rural communities, because Pennsylvanians are relying more on mobile broadband more each day,” said David Kerr, president, AT&T Pennsylvania. “These new sites will give our first responders, families and businesses in the area more access to the mobile broadband connections that are so important to public safety, teaching and learning, business, telemedicine, and the overall vibrancy and competitiveness of the region and state.”
In August, AT&T announced other new sites are on the air across Western Pennsylvania. AT&T announced new sites are on the air in Somerset County, Jefferson County, Centre County, Pike County and across Northeastern Pennsylvania.
The new sites benefit public safety and first responders on FirstNet – public safety’s dedicated communications platform and give Pennsylvania’s first responders access to the nation’s fastest overall network experience.1 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 Pennsylvania 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.
These new sites have Band 14 spectrum, which 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.
Read more about new, purpose-built sites that were turned on based on feedback from first responders as part of the FirstNet expansion across Pennsylvania, including Bedford County; the Northern Tier; and in Huntingdon, Sullivan and Lycoming Counties.
From 2017-2019, AT&T invested more than $850 million in its wireless and wireline networks in Pennsylvania to expand coverage, boost reliability, and improve connectivity in more communities.
1Based on AT&T analysis of Ookla® Speedtest Intelligence® data median download speeds for Q2 2020. Ookla trademarks used under license and reprinted with permission.