FirstNet Builds 2 New Sites in North Carolina
Wednesday, August 07, 2019 | Comments

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) is deploying two new cell sites in Warren County, North Carolina, as part of its network expansion in the state. The sites — located in Warrenton and near Lake Gaston — are increasing coverage, capacity and capability to first responders across the state.

These are the first new FirstNet sites to be publicly announced in North Carolina following Gov. Roy Cooper’s decision to opt in to FirstNet. The sites are being constructed using the FirstNet band 14 spectrum as well as other spectrum bands in the AT&T commercial spectrum portfolio. Band 14 has also been added on existing sites across North Carolina.

To ensure AT&T and the FirstNet Authority are putting coverage and capacity where first responders need it most, the FirstNet build is being done with direct feedback from state and public-safety officials. One site is located along Highway 903 near Lake Gaston to provide coverage to public-safety and lake visitors. The other new site on Community Lane in Warrenton was selected to resolve a previous coverage gap in the area.

Rep. G. K. Butterfield and FirstNet officials joined AT&T for a ceremonial ribbon-cutting to launch the new FirstNet cell sites.

“The men and women who put their lives on the line as first responders have long needed the advanced technological tools that will not only help keep them safe but will also help them do the best job possible of serving their communities,” said Rep. Butterfield. “That’s especially true in small towns and rural areas. I supported the legislation behind FirstNet because I realized this network supported more than a fast network experience, but this improved communication can literally save lives in places like Warren County and across eastern North Carolina. I am pleased to see, with the launch of these new cell sites, that the benefits of FirstNet are already being felt here.”

In addition to further elevating public safety’s coverage, the new sites will also help improve the overall coverage experience for AT&T wireless customers in the area. Residents, visitors and businesses can take advantage of the AT&T spectrum bands, as well as band 14 when additional capacity is available.

A FirstNet satellite cell on light truck (SatCOLT) was also on display. The heavy-duty portable cell site connects via satellite, not fiber, and is part of the nationwide fleet of 75 deployable network assets available to FirstNet subscribers at no additional charge.

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