Mobile Broadband Expansion Enhances Mobile Internet Access for AT&T Customers and FirstNet Subscribers
What’s the news? AT&T* customers and FirstNet® subscribers in across Virginia got a big boost in wireless connectivity. We’ve added new cell sites to enhance the state’s mobile broadband coverage and help give residents and first responders on FirstNet faster, more reliable wireless service. Our investment will help customers get the most out of their mobile devices.
The new sites are in the following communities:
- Franklin County: A new site boosts coverage and capacity in Ferrum and around VA Routes 864 and 40.
- Goochland County: A new boosts coverage and capacity around US HWY 250 and Hockett Road. It will provide coverage for the dense retail area of Wingmead.
- Louisa County: A new site boosts coverage and capacity round the town of Jackson.
- Nelson County: A new site boosts coverage and capacity around the rural area north of Arrington and west of Oak Ridge, VA, and along US Route 29 between Colleen and Lovingston.
- Pittsylvania County: This new site improves coverage and capacity in Kentuck, Beaver Park, and the surrounding area, and along Ringold Church Road, Kentuck Church Road, Kentuck Road.
- Stafford County: A new site boosts coverage and capacity around Bel Air and Leeland.
Why is this important? We know how important it is for our customers to stay connected. That’s why we’re also boosting network reliability and capacity as we expand our network. This helps Virginia residents and visitors get the best possible experience over the AT&T network wherever they live, work and play. And it’s 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.
These enhancements also bring Band 14 spectrum to the area. 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. When not in use by FirstNet subscribers, AT&T customers can enjoy Band 14’s added coverage and capacity.
Committed to our Networks: From 2018 to 2020, AT&T invested nearly $725 million in our wireless and wireline networks in Virginia. These investments boost reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and their businesses. Visit Virginia.att.com to learn more about our other network upgrades across the Commonwealth.
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. It is built with AT&T in public-private partnership with the federal government. The FirstNet network is providing public safety with truly dedicated coverage and capacity when they need it, unique benefits like always-on priority and preemption, and high-quality Band 14 spectrum. These advanced capabilities help fire, EMS and law enforcement save lives and protect communities.
What people are saying:
“At AT&T, we’re continuing to invest in our network to make connections easier for residents, visitors, businesses and first responders,” said Vince Apruzzese, president, AT&T Virginia.
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*About AT&T Communications
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