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First responders getting wireless boost

HYNDMAN — First responders in Hyndman are getting a major boost in their wireless communications with the addition of a new, purpose-built FirstNet cell site that AT&T turned on last week.

The new site, announced in July 2018, is a part of the FirstNet network expansion taking place across the state, bringing increased coverage, capacity and capabilities for public safety.

“We built this site based on feedback from local and state first responders who had to manage crises without reliable coverage,” said Jim Penna, AT&T’s regional director for External Affairs in Western Pennsylvania, in a statement. “First responders in Hyndman and Bedford County now have another tool they can use to keep their communities safe.

“Our first responders deserve fast, reliable and dedicated coverage when they need it across the state to help them effectively and efficiently address incidents. And with FirstNet, that’s exactly what they’re getting.”

Penna said AT&T announced other purpose-built sites in Huntingdon, Lycoming and Sullivan counties in June 2020.

FirstNet is the only nationwide, high-speed broadband communications platform built for America’s first responders and the extended public safety community. It’s built with AT&T in a public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority — an independent agency within the federal government.

FirstNet provides real, dedicated mobile broadband for first responders. “Building upon AT&T’s current and planned investments in Pennsylvania, we’re actively extending the reach of FirstNet to give agencies … the connectivity and modern communications tools they need.” Penna said.

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