FirstNet Buildout Reaches 90% of Band 14 Target, Now Covers 2.71M Square Miles
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 | Comments

AT&T announced that the FirstNet network now covers more than 2.71 million square miles after the carrier added 100,000 square miles to network’s footprint in 2020.

As part of that buildout, AT&T has now surpassed 90% of the band 14 coverage required in its contract with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority). The carrier said that it is “well ahead of schedule” in meeting that milestone.

As part of the full buildout, AT&T said it plans to launch more than 1,000 new sites to help expand coverage to rural areas and areas with low coverage. So far, the carrier said, more than half of those new sites have been launched.

"2020 made it clearer than ever before how critical it is for first responders to have the tools and wireless infrastructure they need to communicate with each other wherever their mission takes them,” said Jason Porter, senior vice president, FirstNet program at AT&T. “Now, tens of thousands of towns and cities have access to FirstNet, bringing America's public-safety community the only network built to their strict specifications and requirements. It's because of FirstNet's mission-centric design and unparalleled capabilities that more and more agencies are making the switch from best-effort commercial networks, and we'll continue to deliver on the promises of FirstNet and proudly serve as public safety's true network partner."

More than 15,000 agencies and organizations, accounting for more than 2 million connections nationwide, have subscribed to FirstNet. As FirstNet grows, more public-safety agencies are using the network. Recent agencies to sign on to FirstNet include the Los Angeles Police Department, which is connecting thousands of law enforcement officers and emergency personnel with FirstNet for the priority communications they require; and the city of Cambridge, part of the Boston metropolitan area, which will equip its police, fire, EMS and other first responders with FirstNet, giving them the superior coverage for day-to-day response and life-saving missions.

"These are major milestones in the growth, adoption and deployment of public safety's network,” said FirstNet Authority CEO Edward Parkinson. “The FirstNet Authority is pleased that buildout continues to be ahead of schedule and that we are moving closer to fully realizing the vision of a nationwide network that serves all of public safety. This progress shows the strength of our partnership with public safety and how their involvement is critical to the success of the network."

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