What’s the news? South Jersey’s first responders are getting a major boost in their wireless communications thanks to the FirstNet® network expansion currently underway by AT&T*. We’ve added new purpose-built cell sites in Camden and Salem Counties. These new sites are 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.
The new site in Vorhees improves coverage and capacity along Haddonfield-Berlin Road and Egg Harbor Road, as well as United States Avenue. The new site in Aldine provides improved coverage and capacity along East Main Street and Alloway-Woodstown Road.
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 New Jersey’s first 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 New Jersey, 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 response.
How does this help South Jersey residents? This new infrastructure will also help improve the overall coverage experience for AT&T wireless customers in the region. 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 public safety 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:
Jonathan Young, Commissioner, Camden County
"When our first responders need to relay or receive critical information, that critical communication can't be interrupted. AT&T's expansion of FirstNet in South Jersey ensures that our public safety professionals are always connected when they -- and our residents -- need it the most."
Chuck Angelus, Lieutenant, Salem County Sheriff’s Office
“AT&T has gone through great lengths to afford first responders a secure, high quality, and highly dependable network. FirstNet gives us peace of mind so that we can focus our attention where it needs to be, without worrying about the stability of communications. We look forward to the complete build out of our new site in Salem County and the security and reliability it will bring with it for all of us and the community we serve."
Joseph Divis, Interim President, AT&T New Jersey
“New Jersey’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 couldn’t be more pleased to support the public safety mission by bringing South Jersey’s first responders – and residents – greater access to the connectivity they need.”
Edward Parkinson, CEO, FirstNet Authority
“FirstNet is a dedicated broadband platform for public safety, by public safety. We worked hand-in-hand with the New Jersey 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 New Jersey’s first responders’ use of FirstNet to help them save lives and protect our communities.”
Where can I find more information? Visit newjersey.att.com to learn more about how AT&T is supporting New Jersey. For more about the value FirstNet is bringing to public safety, check out FirstNet.com. And go here for more FirstNet news.
About the First Responder Network Authority
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) is an independent authority within the U.S. Department of Commerce. Chartered in 2012, its mission is to ensure the building, deployment, and operation of the nationwide, broadband network that equips first responders to save lives and protect U.S. communities. Learn more at FirstNet.gov/mediakit and follow the FirstNet Authority (@FirstNetGov) on Facebook and Twitter for updates.
*About AT&T Communications
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