AT&T Continues to Expand Network Across Upstate New York

AT&T Blog Team
December 17, 2021
Broadband Access and Affordability, Public Safety

AT&T Continues to Expand Network Across Upstate New York

AT&T customers and FirstNet subscribers in New York got a major boost in wireless connectivity over the past 2 years. We’ve added nearly 200 new cell sites across 46 counties to enhance the Empire State’s mobile broadband coverage and help give residents, businesses and first responders faster, more reliable wireless service. This includes purpose-built FirstNet cell sites, which give first responders on America’s public safety network access to always-on, 24-hours-a-day priority and preemption across voice and data.

Since 2019, AT&T has turned on new sites that improve mobile broadband coverage and capacity in the following counties:

  • Albany
  • Allegany
  • Broome
  • Cattaraugus
  • Cayuga
  • Chautauqua
  • Chemung
  • Chenango
  • Clinton
  • Columbia
  • Cortland
  • Delaware
  • Dutchess
  • Erie
  • Essex
  • Franklin
  • Genesee
  • Greene
  • Hamilton
  • Herkimer
  • Jefferson
  • Lewis
  • Livingston
  • Madison
  • Monroe
  • Niagara
  • Oneida
  • Onondaga
  • Ontario
  • Orleans
  • Oswego
  • Otsego
  • Rensselaer
  • Saratoga
  • Schenectady
  • Schoharie
  • Schuyler
  • Seneca
  • Steuben
  • St. Lawrence
  • Tioga
  • Tompkins
  • Ulster
  • Washington
  • Wayne
  • Wyoming

Our investment will help customers and first responders across Upstate New York 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 New York residents get the best possible experience over the AT&T network wherever they live, work and play.

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 $1.6 billion in our wireless and wired networks in New York. These investments boost reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and their businesses.

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 first responders 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, EMA, law enforcement, and 9-1-1 personnel save lives and protect communities.

What people are saying:

“At AT&T, we’re continuing to invest in our wireless network to make connections easier for residents, visitors, businesses and first responders.”

Amy Kramer — President, AT&T New York.

Go here to learn more about how AT&T is supporting New York. For more about the value FirstNet is bringing to public safety, check out