What’s the news? AT&T* customers and FirstNet® subscribers in Carroll County got another boost in wireless connectivity. We’ve added a new cell site to enhance the area’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 site improves coverage and capacity around the communities of Woodbine and Gaither.
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 Maryland 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 more than $625 million in our wireless and wireline networks in Maryland. 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 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:
“I’m excited to hear about AT&T’s new cell site in southern Carroll County and expanded coverage for my constituents living in Woodbine and Gaither. Reliable cell and broadband connections are more important than ever for our personal and professional needs in rural areas. I look forward to supporting the continued buildout of this critical infrastructure for District 9,” said Maryland State Sen. Katie Fry Hester.
“At AT&T, we’re continuing to invest in our network to make connections easier for residents, visitors, businesses and first responders in Carroll County and across Maryland.”
Denis Dunn — President, AT&T Maryland