FirstNet cell sites launching nationwide to support public safety

February 4, 2022

by AT&T

FirstNet gives first responders – and those critical to their mission – a purpose-built experience they can’t get anywhere else. That includes dedicated coverage and capacity, when and where they need it. 

FirstNet already covers over 99% of the U.S. population today. But to better serve public safety, we’re continuing to extend the nationwide reach of FirstNet by rolling out high-quality spectrum, known as Band 14. The FirstNet Authority – an independent government agency – granted AT&T the right to use Band 14 specifically to support public safety on FirstNet. This gives agencies large and small the reliable, unthrottled connectivity and modern communications tools they need.

In areas where coverage already exists, Band 14 helps first responders get the capacity they need to get the job done. We’re also launching new FirstNet cell sites across the country to expand rural and remote coverage. So far, we’ve deployed Band 14 on existing cell sites in more than 700 markets nationwide. This includes areas where connectivity has created a challenge for emergency responses. Areas benefiting from a new, purpose-built FirstNet cell site include: 


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