4G LTE Expansion Will Help Give AT&T Customers and FirstNet Subscribers Better Access to Mobile Internet
What’s the news? AT&T customers and FirstNet® subscribers in Buffalo County got a big boost in wireless connectivity. We’ve added a new cell tower near the intersection of French Valley Road and County Road NN between Alma and Gilmanton to enhance the area’s 4G LTE 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 provides additional coverage and capacity to the towns of Gilmanton, Modena and Praag.
Why is this important? 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 Wisconsin residents get the best possible experience over the AT&T network wherever they live, work and play. And it’s giving first responders on FirstNet – America’s public safety network – access to always-on, 24-hours-a-day priority and preemption across voice and data.
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 just for FirstNet subscribers. When not in use by FirstNet subscribers, AT&T customers can enjoy Band 14’s coverage and capacity.
What is FirstNet? FirstNet is the only nationwide, high-speed broadband communications platform dedicated to and purpose-built for America’s first responders and the extended public safety community. It is built with AT&T in public-private partnership with the federal government. The FirstNet network is providing public safety with truly dedicated coverage and capacity when they need it, unique benefits like always-on priority and preemption, and high-quality Band 14 spectrum. These advanced capabilities help fire, EMS, law enforcement save lives and protect communities.
Committed to our Wisconsin Networks: We’ve invested nearly $800 million in our Wisconsin wireless and wireline networks during 2018-2020. In 2021, we made network enhancements across Wisconsin, including new cell sites, additional network capacity, network upgrades, small cells and 5G expansions.
What people are saying:
“From connecting family and loved ones to helping first responders during a crisis, AT&T is committed to investing in our Wisconsin networks,” said Paul Weirtz, AT&T Wisconsin state president. “We consistently work to provide better coverage for our customers and public safety across the state, including in Buffalo County – and we’re investing in our wireless network to accomplish that.”
“This is good news for residents and first responders in Buffalo County,” said State Senator Jeff Smith. “Reliable connectivity is not only vital to helping our rural communities thrive, but it also helps promote advancements in everything from education to business to agriculture.”
“With the speed that technology is advancing, these improvements are vital for our rural communities for both personal and professional reasons,” said Rep. Treig Pronschinske. “This new site will also drastically improve connectivity for our first responders and emergency personnel who sacrifice to keep us safe.”
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