AT&T Adds FirstNet Site in Yamhill County, Oregon
Thursday, December 19, 2019 | Comments

AT&T added a First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) cell site in Yamhill County, Oregon. The site is part of the FirstNet network expansion taking place in Oregon and will expand coverage in Yamhill and Washington counties.

Located in a top tourist destination, public-safety stakeholders identified this location as a prime spot for increased network coverage and capacity to better support emergency communications. State Rep. Ron Noble and the FirstNet Authority joined AT&T to unveil the FirstNet cell site.

“The ability of our first responders to communicate during times of disaster is critical,” said Noble, who is also a retired McMinnville police chief. “FirstNet’s nationwide broadband network is dedicated to the needs of public safety and paves the way for new capabilities and innovations in the way we handle emergencies and serve our communities.”

This is the first FirstNet site to be publicly announced in Oregon. The site uses band 14 spectrum, as well as AT&T commercial spectrum bands. Band 14 has also been added to existing sites across Oregon.

“We’re excited about FirstNet delivering on the promise of expanding coverage here in Yamhill County and the addition of this site,” said Brian Casey, chief of police for the Newberg-Dundee Police Department. “It will enhance our agency’s ability to communicate and collaborate with other first responders and provides us with cutting-edge technologies that help keep our communities safe."

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