What’s the news?
AT&T customers and FirstNet® subscribers around Greenfield in Nelson County, VA, got a big boost in wireless connectivity. We’ve added a new cell site to enhance the area’s mobile broadband coverage and help give residents, first responders and visitors to the area faster, more reliable wireless service. Our investment will help customers get the most out of their mobile devices.
This site will deliver coverage around the intersection of VA Routes 151, 6, and 635. This will also improve the wireless experience for vacationers in the area.
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 area residents, businesses 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, we invested nearly $725 million in our wireless and wired networks in Virginia. 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 by 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, EMA, law enforcement, and 9-1-1 save lives and protect communities.
What people are saying:
Virginia State Senator R. Creigh Deeds
“Broadband connectivity is so important for public safety, teaching and learning, telehealth, and economic development. AT&T’s investment in this new site will expand access to critical mobile broadband service.”
Virginia State Delegate G. John Avoli
“In the legislature, we’re working together to improve access to the internet in rural areas of our Commonwealth. This new site is great news for our first responders, businesses and visitors to our community.”
“We’re working to provide better coverage for the community, its first responders and visitors to the region, and we’re investing in our wireless network to accomplish that.”
Vince Apruzzese – President, AT&T Virginia
“We want our customers to have a great experience. With AT&T mobile broadband service, they’ll be able to experience better network connectivity while streaming video, sharing on social media or connecting with family and friends,” said Vince Apruzzese, President, AT&T Virginia. “We’re working to provide better coverage for the community, its first responders and visitors to the region, and we’re investing in our wireless network to accomplish that.”
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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