In Massachusetts, Monterey’s first responders are getting a boost in their wireless communications with the addition of a new, purpose-built cell site. The site is part of the FirstNet network expansion taking place in the state and being done with direct feedback from state and public safety officials.
Monterey Selectman Steven Weisz says, “Monterey is a rural town with a large senior citizen population. AT&T’s commitment to enhanced cellular telecommunications is not just a convenience, it is a life-line for us.”
This is the first new FirstNet site to be publicly announced in Massachusetts following Governor Baker’s decision to advance its public safety broadband communications with FirstNet. The site is constructed using the dedicated Band 14 spectrum as well as other spectrum bands in the AT&T commercial spectrum portfolio. Band 14 is a spectrum set aside by the government specifically for FirstNet that can be cleared and locked just for subscribers. It has been added onto existing sites across Massachusetts.
“We worked hand-in-hand with Massachusetts’ public safety community to understand their needs for the network,” said FirstNet Authority CEO Edward Parkinson. “And this cell site is a prime example of how that input and feedback is becoming reality. We look forward to supporting Massachusetts’ first responders’ use of FirstNet to help them save lives and protect communities.”
In addition to further elevating public safety’s connected experience in support of their emergency response, AT&T believes the new site will also improve the overall coverage experience for its wireless customers in the area.
“First responders in Massachusetts deserve reliable coverage across the state to help them effectively and efficiently address incidents. And with FirstNet, that’s exactly what they’re getting,” said Patricia Jacobs, President AT&T New England. “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.”