4G LTE Expansion in Gastonia 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 Gaston County got a big boost in wireless connectivity. We’ve added a new cell site along Union Road in Gastonia to enhance the area’s 4G LTE coverage and help give residents and first responders faster, more reliable wireless service.
The new site will bring improved coverage to the Robinson Road area, including the Rosegate community and the Gaston Country Club area. Our investment will help customers get the most out of their mobile devices.
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 North Carolina 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 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.
Committed to our Networks: From 2018 to 2020, we invested nearly $1.8 billion in our wireless and wired networks in North Carolina. These investments boost reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and their businesses.
About FirstNet, Built with AT&T: 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. Shaped by the vision of Congress and the first responder community following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, FirstNet stands above commercial offerings. It is built with AT&T, in a public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) – an independent agency within the federal government. The FirstNet network is providing public safety with truly dedicated coverage and capacity when they need it. These advanced capabilities help fire, EMS, law enforcement save lives and protect their communities. Learn more at FirstNet.com.
What people are saying:
Chairman, Gaston County Commission
“In today’s online world, a strong wireless network is particularly import for rural areas and small towns. Not only does it improve the quality of life in our communities, but it helps keep people connected – whether students doing their homework at the kitchen table or first responders answering an emergency call. Announcements like this are why I strongly support policies that make North Carolina a state which welcomes private investment.”
Regional Director, External Affairs, AT&T North Carolina
“We want our customers to have a great experience. Investing in our wireless network is just one of the ways we continually work to provide better coverage for the community and its first responders, along with improved network reliability and increased capacity.”
Where can I find more information? For more about the value FirstNet is bringing to public safety, check out FirstNet.com.
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