New York’s first responders are receiving a boost in their wireless communications with the addition of purpose-built cell sites and other network enhancements statewide, according to information released by the First Responder Network (FirstNet) Authority, an independent authority within the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. The FirstNet Authority (FA) said the new infrastructure also would bring increased coverage, capacity and capabilities for public safety agencies.
The FirstNet public safety broadband wireless network supports public safety agencies’ COVID-19 disease pandemic emergency response, according to FA.
“FirstNet’s expansion means our communities and first responders can stay connected during emergencies,” said U.S. Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D-N.Y.). “And I’m proud to work with them to bring our infrastructure into the 21stcentury, invest in rural upstate communities and strengthen our state’s economy.”
U.S. Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) said the federal government has long supported enhanced broadband access and new wireless communication infrastructure because they are essential to the region’s well-being and economic growth. READ MORE