Missouri’s first responders are getting a major boost in their wireless communications with the addition of new, purpose-built FirstNet cell sites in 18 counties across the state. This new infrastructure is a part of the FirstNet network expansion taking place across the state, bringing increased coverage, capacity and capabilities for public safety which already added over 40 cell sites throughout rural Missouri during 2020.
The new purpose-built FirstNet cell sites were requested by the state of Missouri when it signed on to FirstNet and these cell sites have been delivered two years ahead of schedule.
“Emergencies happen every day, and when they do, time is critical,” said Mike Parson, Governor of Missouri. “The state of Missouri is excited to collaborate with AT&T and FirstNet as we continue to build out this public safety network. FirstNet keeps our first responders connected when it matters most.”
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’s built with AT&T in a public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) – an independent agency within the federal government.
That’s why AT&T has a responsibility unlike any other network provider. And unlike commercial networks, FirstNet provides real, dedicated mobile broadband when needed with always-on priority and preemption for first responders. This helps ensure Missouri first responders connect to the critical information they need – every day and in every emergency.
Building upon AT&T’s current and planned investments in Missouri we’re actively extending the reach of FirstNet to give agencies large and small the reliable connectivity and modern communications tools they need. Currently well ahead of schedule, the FirstNet build has already brought Missouri first responders:
"Working with public safety we’ve made the services we offer in conjunction with FirstNet nimble, adaptable and ready to scale for even the most severe situations as we’re seeing currently with COVID-19.”Craig Unruh — President, AT&T Missouri
“We are proud to support first responders by providing innovative and dependable new tools to help them respond to incidents more quickly, safely, and effectively across the state of Missouri. Working with public safety we’ve made the services we offer in conjunction with FirstNet nimble, adaptable and ready to scale for even the most severe situations as we’re seeing currently with COVID-19,” said Craig Unruh, president, AT&T Missouri. “Our first responders deserve dependable coverage, and with FirstNet, they have access to the reliable connection they need to do their jobs and help keep their community and themselves safe.”
The COVID-19 health crisis illustrates precisely why public safety fought for the creation of FirstNet. Where public safety goes, we go. We’ve answered the call for tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, floods and other natural disasters. But with COVID-19, it is like experiencing a perpetual emergency in every community across the country. Public safety’s network is being tested in a completely new way, and it’s hitting the mark.
“FirstNet is a dedicated broadband platform for public safety, by public safety,” said FirstNet Authority CEO Edward Parkinson. “We worked hand-in-hand with Missouri’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. We look forward to supporting Missouri 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, this new infrastructure will also help improve the overall coverage experience for AT&T wireless customers in the area. Residents, visitors and businesses can take advantage of the AT&T spectrum bands, as well as Band 14 when additional capacity is available.
For more about the value FirstNet is bringing to public safety, check out FirstNet.com.
1 Available only to FirstNet first responder public safety entities for Primary Agency Paid User lines of service. Requires a new FirstNet Mobile - Unlimited for Smartphone line or eligible upgrade on a two-year service agreement or AT&T installment 30-month agreement. For two-year agreement, upgrade your smartphone with a new eligible smartphone every two years at no additional cost for as long as your service plan is in effect and in good standing. Pay $.99 for eligible smartphone at purchase, credited back within three billing cycles. Upgrade requires new two-year agreement. For AT&T Installment 30-month agreement, upgrade your smartphone with a new eligible smartphone every time you satisfy your current AT&T Installment agreement and sign a new one for no additional cost for as long as your service plan is in effect and in good standing. For both plans, tax on full discount price (two-year agreement) or full retail price (AT&T Installment agreement) due at sale. Activation and other fees, taxes, charges and restrictions apply. See firstnet.com/agencyoffers for offer details.