4G LTE Expansion Will Help Give AT&T Customers and FirstNet Subscribers Better Access to Mobile Internet
WINTER HAVEN, Fla., May 11, 2020 - AT&T customers and FirstNet subscribers in Winter Haven, Haines City and Center Hill got a big boost in wireless connectivity. We've added three new cell sites in these cities to enhance the area's 4G LTE coverage and help give residents and first responders faster, more reliable wireless service. Our investment will help customers get the most out of their mobile devices.
The new Winter Haven cell is expanding coverage along Recker Highway and the surrounding areas.
The new cell site in Haines City off Rogers Avenue is boosting coverage in the areas between W. Johnson Avenue and just north of Lee Jackson Highway.
In Center Hill, a new cell site is strengthening wireless coverage along CR-469 and just north of CR-176 in the farming community.
"We want our customers to have a great experience. With 4G LTE service, they'll be able to experience better network connectivity while streaming videos, sharing on social media or texting family and friends," said Joe York, AT&T Florida president. "We consistently work to provide better coverage for the community and its first responders. And we're investing in our wireless network to accomplish that."
We know how important it is for our customers to stay connected. That's why we're also boosting network reliability and capacity as we expand our network. This helps Florida residents get the best possible experience over the AT&T network wherever they live, work and play.
These upgrades will also benefit public safety and first responders on FirstNet - public safety's dedicated communications platform and give Florida's first responders access to the nation's fastest overall network experience<https://about.att.com/story/2020/expanding_nationwide_lte_coverage.html>.1 FirstNet is bringing public safety communications into the 21st century with new, innovative capabilities to help those users stay safe and save lives.
These enhancements also bring Band 14 spectrum to the area. 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. When not in use by FirstNet subscribers, AT&T customers can enjoy Band 14's added coverage and capacity.
FirstNet<https://about.att.com/pages/public_sector> is built with AT&T in a public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority. It's designed to help first responders in Florida and across the country connect to the critical information they need - when they need it - so they can keep themselves and the communities they serve safer.
1Based on AT&T analysis of Ookla(r) Speedtest Intelligence(r) data median download speeds for Q1 2020. Ookla trademarks used under license and reprinted with permission.