The FirstNet Network Expands in Berkeley County to Advance Public Safety Communications Capabilities
New Infrastructure Will Help Advance Public Safety, Improve Connectivity for Area Residents and Visitors
We’ve added a new, purpose-built cell site– which will provide 4G LTE and HD Voice Service to enhance coverage along US 311 in Cross, between Nelson Hill and Hwy 176. This new site is giving first responders on FirstNet – America’s public safety network – access to always-on, 24-hours-a-day priority and preemption across voice and data.
In addition, we have also added new cell sites to enhance the area’s 4G LTE coverage and help give residents and first responders faster, more reliable wireless service. These sites will enhance coverage along US 41 in Huger, between Woodland and Shulerville, US 17 in Bonneau, SC between Alvin, SC and Old Cordesville, and SC-41 in Jamestown, between Oak Ridge and Bethera.
Why is this important? We consider FirstNet the most important wireless network in the country because it serves our first responders. And unlike commercial networks, FirstNet provides dedicated mobile broadband. To ensure AT&T and the First
Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) are putting coverage and capacity where first responders need it most, the FirstNet build is guided by direct feedback from state and public safety officials. This helps ensure South Carolina responders connect to the critical information they need – every day and in every emergency.
What are the benefits to first responders? Building upon AT&T’s current and planned investments in South Carolina, we’re actively extending the reach of FirstNet to give agencies large and small the reliable, unthrottled connectivity and modern communications tools they need. These sites were constructed using Band 14 spectrum, as well as AT&T commercial spectrum. Band 14 is nationwide, high quality spectrum set aside by the government specifically for FirstNet. We look at Band 14 as public safety’s VIP lane. In an emergency, this band – or lane – can be cleared and locked just for FirstNet subscribers. That means only those on the FirstNet network will be able to access Band 14 spectrum, further elevating their connected experience and emergency responses.
How does this help Berkeley County residents? This new infrastructure will also help improve the overall coverage experience for AT&T wireless customers in Berkeley County. Residents, visitors and businesses can take advantage of the AT&T spectrum bands, as well as Band 14 when capacity is available.
What is FirstNet? FirstNet is the only nationwide, high-speed broadband communications platform dedicated to and purpose-built for America’s first responders and the extended public safety community. Shaped by the vision of Congress and the first responder community following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, FirstNet stands above commercial offerings. It is built with AT&T in public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority – an independent agency within the federal government. The FirstNet network provides first responders with truly dedicated coverage and capacity when they need it, including unique benefits like always-on priority and preemption, and high-quality Band 14 spectrum. These advanced capabilities enable FirstNet to help fire, EMS, EMA law enforcement, and 9-1-1 personnel save lives and protect their communities.
What people are saying:
State Sen. Ronnie Sabb
“Whether we’re talking about closing the digital divide, keeping people connected, or delivering the communications capabilities first responders need, private investment is vital. These new towers, and the connectivity they bring, illustrate why public policies that encourage the deployment of advanced technology are vital for the future.”
President, AT&T South Carolina
“South Carolina’s first responders deserve reliable coverage across the state to help them effectively and efficiently address incidents. And with FirstNet, that’s exactly what they’re getting. We have a responsibility unlike any other network provider, and we couldn’t be more pleased to support the public safety mission by bringing Berkeley County’s first responders – and residents – greater access to the connectivity they need.”
CEO, FirstNet Authority
“FirstNet is a dedicated broadband platform for public safety, by public safety. We worked hand-in-hand with the South Carolina public safety community to understand their needs for the network. And this new site is a prime example of how that input and feedback is becoming reality. We look forward to supporting South Carolina’s first responders’ use of FirstNet to help them save lives and protect our communities.”
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