AT&T Boosts Network Speeds for Sawyer County

AT&T Blog Team
February 25, 2022
Broadband Access and Affordability


AT&T Boosts Network Speeds for Sawyer County

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 Sawyer County got a big boost in wireless connectivity. We’ve added a new cell tower near the intersection of Knowles Road and State Road 70 between the communities of Winter and Draper 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 Winter, Loretta and Draper.

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 Sawyer County – and we’re investing in our wireless network to accomplish that.”

“In today’s wireless world, strong connections and fast speeds are vitally important for businesses, families, students and first responders – now more than ever before,” said State Senator Jerry Petrowski. “This new cell site in Sawyer County is good news for northern Wisconsin.”

“Access to high-speed wireless technologies plays a critical role in health care, education, business, emergency services and many other industries,” said State Representative James Edming. “Investments like this in our wireless infrastructure will help keep northern Wisconsin communities connected.”

Where can I find more information? Go here to learn more about how AT&T is supporting Wisconsin. For more about the value FirstNet is bringing to public safety, check out FirstNet.com.


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