New towers to boost signals for area first responders


AT&T announced on Wednesday that they have built 11 new cell sites in Oneida County and the surrounding area, including six sites dedicated to first-responders.

The first-responder sites are in Holland Patent, Camden, Forestport and Deerfield, along with Madison and Chenango counties, officials said.

They are part of FirstNet, a high-speed, broadband communications platform dedicated to first-responders and the extended public safety community.

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

Unlike commercial networks, FirstNet provides dedicated mobile broadband with a priority on police, fire and EMS responders.

Officials said there were 22 new sites built throughout the state for FirstNet.

AT&T also announced five new cell sites for general customers in Remsen, Barneveld, Herkimer, Waterville, Oriskany and Holland Patent.


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