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The FirstNet Network Expands in Saratoga County to Advance Public Safety Communications Capabilities in New York Featured

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SARATOGA COUNTY – Saratoga County’s first responders are getting a major boost in their wireless communications thanks to FirstNet® network expansion currently underway by AT&T. A new, purpose-built cell site has been added in the Town of Charlton, which serves the Town and Hamlet of Charlton, and the intersection of State Routes 51 and 52, including the Charlton Town Hall and Water District Offices. It also serves the Sacandaga Road (State Route 147) corridor in Glenville just across the Schenectady County border. This new site is 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. 

Another new cell site has also been added that will help improve the overall coverage experience for AT&T wireless customers in Saratoga County. This investment will help residents, visitors, and businesses get the most out of their mobile devices. The new cell site brings improved coverage and capacity along the State Route 29 corridor between Victory and Schuylerville and Saratoga Springs. The site will also cover County Routes 67 and 68 and the residential areas along Meadowbrook Road and Fish Creek. 

Building upon AT&T’s current and planned investments in New York, the reach of FirstNet is being actively extended 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. 

“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,” said Amy Kramer, President, AT&T New York. “We have a responsibility unlike any other provider, and couldn’t be more pleased to support the public safety mission by bringing Saratoga County’s first responders – and residents – greater access to the connectivity they need.” 

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. Its advanced capabilities enable FirstNet to help fire, EMS, EMA, law enforcement, and 911 personnel. The FirstNet build is guided by direct feedback from state and public safety officials to help ensure New York first responders connect to the critical information they need – every day and in an emergency. 

“FirstNet is a dedicated broadband platform for public safety, by public safety,” said Edward Parkinson, CEO, FirstNet Authority. “We worked hand-in-hand with the New York public safety community to understand their needs for the network. And these new sites are a prime example 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.” 

To learn more about how AT&T is supporting New York, visit https://northeastregion.att.com/states/newyork. For more information about the value FirstNet is bringing to public safety, check out www.FirstNet.com. And go to https://about.att.com/pages/public_sector for more FirstNet news. 

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