FirstNet Coverage: Making Sure There Is Common Ground

By Andrew Seybold

Recently I was sent an article dated July 18, 2017, apparently written by someone with access to the FirstNet Portal for Pennsylvania. The paper was attached to the testimony for the U.S. House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology authored by LeRoy T. Carlson, Jr., Chairman of U.S. Cellular Corporation. I was asked to review this paper because there were questions about points made by the author and what the author believes public safety was promised.

I have reviewed the paper and discussed it with Mario De Rango, Principal and Founder of Intechigence, LLC, an advanced technology consulting company. I contacted Mr. De Rango (an acknowledged expert in LTE coverage) to verify and better understand what was presented as fact in the paper, as well as the U.S. Cellular testimony used by the author to validate the points he was making. I also reached out to other acknowledged LTE network experts and had similar discussions with them as well. The result of these discussions and my own research has led me to the point where I can explain why this paper improperly denigrates the FirstNet/AT&T coverage maps.




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