CELL PHONES 2017MUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. (12/13/19) — AT&T customers and FirstNet subscribers in Muhlenberg County got a big boost in wireless connectivity, according to an AT&T press release.

Company spokesman Phil Hayes reports they have added two new cell towers to enhance the area’s 4G LTE coverage and help give residents and first responders faster, more reliable wireless service in addtion to boosting mobile devices. The towers are located along Cave Springs Road in Greenville and Kentucky 175-N in Bremen.

The towers also include equipment to enable Fixed Wireless Internet service, Hayes said. This innovative service delivers an internet connection with download speeds of at least 10Mbps and upload speeds of at least 1Mbps. The connection comes from a wireless tower to a fixed antenna on a customer’s home or business. This is an efficient way to deliver high-quality, high-speed internet to customers living in underserved rural areas.

The towers used to provide this service are connected to AT&T’s network using AT&T fiber optics. AT&T has nearly 1.5 million strand miles of fiber optics covering Kentucky which enables the company to offer a wide variety of products and services delivering the high-speed connectivity Kentucky businesses and residents need.

“This is a great day for west Kentucky,” said State Senator C.B. Embry. “In today’s world, high-speed connectivity is vital to our workforce and economy. I’m excited to see the investment and growing interest in bringing enhanced connectivity to our rural Kentucky communities.”

“We’re committed to providing our customers fast, reliable, highly secure connectivity and the network expansion in Muhlenberg County is a result of that commitment,” said Hank Mangeot, regional director, external affairs, AT&T Kentucky. “We consistently work to provide better coverage and we’re investing in our wireless network to accomplish that.”

These upgrades will also benefit public safety and first responders on FirstNet, public safety’s dedicated communications platform, Hayes wrote. FirstNet is bringing public safety communications into the 21st century with new, innovative capabilities to help those users stay safe and save lives. Enhancements also bring FirstNet Band 14 spectrum to the area. Band 14 is nationwide, high-quality spectrum set aside by the government specifically for FirstNet. Its signal covers larger geographic areas with less infrastructure to better support rural communities, and it can better penetrate buildings and walls in more urban areas as compared to higher-MHz spectrum. When not in use by FirstNet subscribers, AT&T customers can enjoy Band 14’s added coverage and capacity.

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