New cell site to give boost to first responder systems

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NEW LONDON — AT&T announced on Thursday that they have built a new cell site in the New London area that will serve first-responders, an expansion to a project started a year ago.

The new cell site is part of the FirstNet network, a high-speed, broadband communications platform dedicated to first-responders and the extended public safety community. Unlike commercial networks, FirstNet provides dedicated mobile broadband with a priority on police, fire and EMS responders.

The new cell site will serve the New London area along routes 46 and 49 west of Rome, through parts of Verona and into Churchville in Oneida County. Previous FirstNet cell sites were built in July 2020 in Holland Patent, Camden, Forestport and Deerfield, among other Central New York locations.

The sites are built through a partnership between AT&T and FirstNet Authority, an independent agency within the federal government.

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

“And this new site is 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.”

AT&T officials said the new infrastructure will also help improve overall coverage for AT&T wireless customers in Oneida County.

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