What’s the news? AT&T* customers and FirstNet® subscribers in Blair, Clarion, Indiana and Westmoreland counties in western Pennsylvania got another boost in wireless connectivity. We’ve added new cell sites to enhance the region’s mobile broadband coverage and help give residents and first responders on FirstNet faster, more reliable wireless service. Our investment will help customers get the most out of their mobile devices.
The new sites were turned on in the following communities:
- Blair County: A new cell site improves coverage and capacity in downtown Altoona along 17th Street and 6th Avenue.
- Clarion County: This new site improves coverage and capacity in Rimersburg and along State Routes 68 and 861.
- Indiana County: This new site improves coverage and capacity in Cherry Tree and along U.S. Route 219 and State Route 580.
- Westmoreland County: This new site improves coverage and capacity in Lynnwood-Pricedale and along State Route 201 and Interstate 70.
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 Pennsylvania residents and visitors 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, AT&T invested nearly $975 million in our wireless and wireline networks in Pennsylvania. These investments boost reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and their businesses. Visit Pennsylvania.att.com to learn more about our other network upgrades across the Commonwealth.
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 and law enforcement save lives and protect communities.
What people are saying:
“At AT&T, we’re continuing to invest in our network to make connections easier for residents, visitors, businesses and first responders across Pennsylvania.”
David Kerr — President, AT&T Pennsylvania
Where can I find more information? For more about the value FirstNet is bringing to public safety, check out FirstNet.com.