Six New FirstNet Sites Fill Dead Zone Issues in North Jersey

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Multiple cellular dead zones across many of New Jersey’s municipalities have notoriously hampered the efforts of first responders needing to quickly provide life saving measures during emergency situations. 

NorthJersey.com reported the recent installation of six new purpose-built FirstNet cell sites in low- or no-signal areas to improve public safety and emergency responsiveness. Law enforcement, fire, and emergency services personnel can now take advantage of expanded communications through FirstNet Band 14 spectrum, as well as AT&T commercial spectrum, offered through AT&T’s commercial Band 14 spectrum. 

“New Jersey’s first responders deserve fast, reliable and dedicated coverage across the state to help them effectively and efficiently address incidents,” said Charlene Brown, president of AT&T New Jersey. “We couldn’t be more pleased to support the public safety mission and bring the state’s first responders — and residents — greater access to the connectivity they need.”  

FirstNet Authority CEO Edward Parkinson said, “We worked hand in hand with New Jersey’s public safety community to understand their needs for the network. And these network enhancements are a prime example of how that input and feedback is becoming reality.” 

West Milford township officials worked with a Verizon subcontractor in 2017 to add low-power booster antennas on utility poles in gap areas around the township, reported NorthJersey.com. The FirstNet sites across Gloucester, Monmouth, and Sussex Counties will further fill in those gap areas. 

“We worked hand in hand with New Jersey’s public safety community to understand their needs for the network. And these network enhancements are a prime example of how that input and feedback is becoming reality,” said Parkinson.

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