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FirstNet cell site launches in Onondaga County, N.Y, to support public safety

FirstNet cell site launches in Onondaga County, N.Y, to support public safety

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The FirstNet Network is expanding in Onondaga County to advance communications capabilities to advance public safety and improve connectivity for residents, businesses and visitors.

Onondaga County’s first responders are getting a major boost in their wireless communications thanks to the FirstNet network expansion currently underway by AT&T.

The company has added a new FirstNet purpose-built cell site in Onondaga County that serves the Town of Spafford, the Route 41 north/south corridor along the lower eastern side of Skaneateles Lake, Skaneateles Lake, Otisco Valley and the town of Niles in Cayuga County.

This new site is giving first responders on FirstNet – America’s public safety network – access to always-on, 24-hours-a-day priority and pre-emption across voice and data.

In addition, AT&T has added a new cell site to enhance the area’s 4G LTE coverage and help give residents and first responders faster, more reliable wireless service.

Its investment will help customers get the most out of their mobile devices. The new cell site serves St. Joseph’s Hospital and the inner core of the City of Syracuse.

AT&T considers FirstNet the most important wireless network in the country because it serves first responders. And unlike commercial networks, FirstNet provides real, dedicated mobile broadband when needed.

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 Empire State first responders connect to the critical information they need – every day and in every emergency.

Amy Kramer, President, AT&T New York, said: “New York’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 Onondaga County’s first responders – as well as businesses and residents – greater access to the connectivity they need.”

Edward Parkinson, CEO, FirstNet Authority, said: “We worked hand-in-hand with the New York public safety community to understand their needs for the network. And these new sites are prime examples of how that input and feedback is becoming reality. We look forward to supporting New York’s first responders’ use of FirstNet to help them save lives and protect our communities.”

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