What’s the news? AT&T customers and FirstNet subscribers in southwest Missouri got a big boost in wireless connectivity. We’ve added 8 new cell towers across several counties to enhance the area’s 4G LTE coverage and help give residents and first responders faster, more reliable wireless service. These counties include Greene, Jasper, Joplin, Hickory, Polk, Christian and Taney. Our investment will help customers get the most out of their mobile devices.
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 Missouri residents 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.
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, EMA, law enforcement, and 9-1-1 save lives and protect communities.
What people are saying:
"We consistently work to provide better coverage for the community and its first responders. And we’re investing in our wireless network to accomplish that."Craig Unruh — President, AT&T Missouri
“We want our customers to have a great experience. With AT&T 4G LTE service, they’ll be able to experience better network connectivity while steaming video, sharing on social media or connecting virtually with family and friends. We consistently work to provide better coverage for the community and its first responders. And we’re investing in our wireless network to accomplish that,” said Craig Unruh, President, AT&T Missouri.
“When seconds count, our first responders deserve reliable connectivity and communications tools. AT&T’s commitment to build out the FirstNet network across Missouri has been extremely valuable to our first responders," said Lincoln Hough, Missouri State Senator.