AT&T Launches 4 FirstNet Sites in New Hampshire
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 | Comments

Officials from New Hampshire and the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) announced the launch of four new cell sites in the state, located in Pembroke, Stoddard, Rumney and North Hampton. These sites were constructed using band 14 and AT&T commercial spectrum.

AT&T also deployed band 14 in more than 100 towns across New Hampshire including Keene, Littleton, Manchester and Portsmouth.

“From 2016 to 2018, we invested more than $80 million in our New Hampshire wireless and wired networks,” a statement said. “These investments boost reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for first responders, residents and their businesses.”

To ensure AT&T and the FirstNet Authority are putting coverage and capacity where it’s needed most, the FirstNet build is being done with direct feedback from state and public-safety officials, a statement said.

“The mission of the Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee is to provide New Hampshire public-safety workers with the best available communications technologies,” said Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC) John T. Stevens. “Through collaboration with the FirstNet Authority and AT&T, New Hampshire is postured to bring next generation communications technology to first responders throughout the state.”

In 2018, the Derry Police Department became the first public-safety agency in the state to join FirstNet.

“The Derry Police Department saw beneficial use from FirstNet from day one,” said Derry Police Chief Edward Garone. “We had been experiencing intermittent and dropped coverage/connectivity for all of our mobile computers prior to becoming FirstNet users, especially during the late afternoon and evening commute hours. Since Derry hosts the largest high school in the state, with over 3,400 students and another 400 staff, we experienced significant network slowdowns or loss of coverage completely from the time school let out in the afternoon until the evening commute time ended due to network overload issues. We simply could not get reliable connectivity for our broadband devices. That problem was solved the very first day we became FirstNet subscribers. With FirstNet, we now enjoy reliable and consistent connectivity 100% of the time without interruption. Officers get the information they need to do their jobs safely in every instance.”

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