AT&T turned on a new site in Chesapeake, VA, that will offer more capacity, better in-building coverage, and faster speeds for FirstNet subscribers and other customers in the area bound by I-64, I-464, and the Elizabeth River. This site will also improve the experience at Crestwood Middle and Intermediate schools, as well as Bainbridge Blvd.
“Virginians are relying on mobile broadband service more each day. That’s why we continue to build out our network across the Commonwealth.”Vince Apruzzese — President, AT&T Virginia
“Virginians are relying on mobile broadband service more each day. That’s why we continue to build out our network across the Commonwealth,” said Vince Apruzzese, president, AT&T Virginia. “This new site will give our first responders, families and businesses in the area more access to the mobile broadband connections that are so important to the safety, vibrancy and competitiveness of the region.”
The new site benefits public safety and first responders on FirstNet – public safety’s dedicated communications platform and give Virginia’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 Virginia 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.
The new site has 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.
From 2017-2019, AT&T invested nearly $700 million in its wireless and wireline networks in Virginia 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.