AT&T customers and FirstNet subscribers in Rancho Tehama got a big boost in wireless connectivity. We’ve added a new cell tower to enhance the area’s 4G LTE coverage and help give residents and first responders faster, more reliable wireless service. Plus, the new site will give Rancho Tehama’s first responders access to FirstNet and the fastest overall network experience.1 FirstNet is bringing public safety communications into the 21st century with new, innovative capabilities to help those users stay safe and save lives.
The site was built in response to the 2017 Rancho Tehama Reserve school shootings to fill in rural coverage gaps and give first responders the network resources they need to effectively and efficiently address emergency situations.
Tehama County Supervisor Bob Williams and California State Senator Jim Nielsen joined AT&T this morning to unveil the new cell site serving the Rancho Tehama area.
“Rancho Tehama residents advocated for a new cell site to improve public safety communications and to open the door for hospice care in the area. After disaster struck the community in the form of a mass shooting that occurred during a high-traffic time period – when people were driving their children to school and/or driving themselves to work – communication in the area was impossible and the need for coverage was highlighted,” said Supervisor Williams. “It has been said that in every disaster, something good will come. Thanks to the efforts of Senator Nielsen, and with the cooperation of our friends at AT&T and Varcomm Telephone, we have been able to get this tower up and operational in record time. Now, we will not only see improved public safety and hospice care, but residents will be able to better communicate with friends and family in the event of another emergency. This, is a good thing.”
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.
“Cell phone access is a critical need in Western Tehama County as evidenced by the school shooting incident in 2017,” said Senator Nielsen. “I want to thank AT&T, Ducor Telephone Company, the Rancho Tehama Homeowners Association and Tehama County Supervisor Bob Williams for the cooperation and coordination that ensures Rancho Tehama will now have cell service.”
“The launch of this new cell site, with more planned across the state, reaffirms that AT&T remains steadfast in their mission to deliver solutions that meets public safety’s needs – today and for decades to come. It’s a win for everyone,” he added.
In addition to further elevating public safety’s connected experience in support of their emergency response, the new site will also help improve the overall coverage experience for AT&T wireless customers in the area. Residents, visitors and businesses can take advantage of the AT&T spectrum bands, as well as Band 14 when additional capacity is available.
“Tehama County’s first responders deserve reliable coverage in their area to help them effectively and efficiently address incidents. And with FirstNet, that’s exactly what they’re getting,” said Rhonda Johnson, president, AT&T California. “We couldn’t be more pleased to support the public safety mission and bring the county’s first responders – and residents – greater access to the connectivity they need.”
“Tehama County’s first responders deserve reliable coverage in their area to help them effectively and efficiently address incidents. And with FirstNet, that’s exactly what they’re getting”Rhonda Johnson, president, AT&T California
FirstNet is the nationwide public safety communications platform dedicated to America’s first responders. Using all AT&T LTE bands, FirstNet already covers over 99% of the U.S. population today. It is built in public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority. This helps to ensure that the FirstNet communications platform and service offerings meet the short- and long-term needs of the public safety community.
For more about the value FirstNet is bringing to public safety, check out FirstNet.com.