AT&T Announces 4 New FirstNet Sites in North Dakota
Monday, March 16, 2020 | Comments

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) is gaining four new cell sites in North Dakota. The sites — two located in Slope County and one each in McLean and Stark County — are part of a network expansion taking place in North Dakota, which is bringing increased coverage, capacity and capability to first responders across the state, network contractor AT&T said.

“These new FirstNet tower builds are a positive development for the state, providing increased coverage and improved connectivity for North Dakota’s first responders and residents,” said Duane Schell, North Dakota chief technology officer (CTO). “We look forward to additional progress in 2020.”

These are the first new FirstNet sites to be publicly announced in North Dakota following the governor’s decision to move forward with FirstNet. The site is being constructed using band 14, as well as AT&T commercial spectrum bands. Band 14 is nationwide spectrum set aside by the government specifically for FirstNet. In an emergency, this band can be cleared for FirstNet subscribers. Band 14 has also been added on existing AT&T sites across North Dakota.

“FirstNet is the only nationwide, high speed broadband network designed specifically for public safety,” said FirstNet Authority Executive Director Edward Parkinson. “We worked hand-in-hand with North Dakota’s public-safety community to understand their needs for the network. And this cell site is a prime example of how that input and feedback is becoming reality. We look forward to supporting North Dakota’s first responders’ use of FirstNet to help them save lives and protect communities.”

In addition to further elevating public safety’s connected experience in support of their emergency response, the new site 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.

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