AT&T Adds FirstNet Site in Rancho Tehama, California
Friday, March 13, 2020 | Comments

AT&T added a new cell tower to enhance Long Term Evolution (LTE) coverage and help give residents and first responders faster, more reliable wireless service in Rancho Tehama, California. The new site will give Rancho Tehama’s first responders access to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) nationwide network.

The site was built in response to the 2017 Rancho Tehama Reserve school shootings to fill in rural coverage gaps and give first responders the network resources they need to effectively and efficiently address emergency situations.

“Rancho Tehama residents advocated for a new cell site to improve public-safety communications and to open the door for hospice care in the area,” said Tehama County Supervisor Bob Williams. “After disaster struck the community in the form of a mass shooting that occurred during a high-traffic time period — when people were driving their children to school and/or driving themselves to work — communications in the area was impossible and the need for coverage was highlighted.”

The enhancements also bring band 14 spectrum to the area and 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.

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