FirstNet expands across N.J. to advance public safety connectivity

A new wireless infrastructure has officially launched in New Jersey, bringing increased coverage, capacity and capabilities for public safety, according to FirstNet, a broadband communications platform that focuses on America’s first responders and the public safety community.

First responders will now have access to advanced wireless communications thanks to new, purpose-build FirstNet cell sites and other network enhancements throughout the state. This will help ensure New Jersey’s first responders connect to the critical information they need, it said.

The six new sites are located in the following communities:

  1. Bergen County: Two new sites, including one in Lyndhurst that improves coverage around Delafield Avenue, River Road, Route 7 and Valley Brook Avenue, and a second site in Ramsey that improves coverage around Erie Plaza;
  2. Gloucester County: The new site improves coverage around Delsea Drive and Route 55 in Franklinville;
  3. Monmouth County: The new site provides coverage around Campus Parkway and Highway 34 in Wall;
  4. Passaic County: The new site improves coverage around Burnt Meadow Road, Crescent Drive, Snake Den Road and surrounding areas in West Milford;
  5. Sussex County: This new site improves coverage around Newtown Sparta Road, Sparta Avenue, Andover Road and Sussex Mills Road in Sparta.

The platform was built with AT&T in a partnership with the First Responders Network Authority, an independent federal government agency. The company said it’s building upon AT&T’s current and planned investments in the state to extend the reach of the platform.

“New Jersey’s first responders deserve fast, reliable and dedicated coverage across the state to help them effectively and efficiently address incidents. And with FirstNet, that’s exactly what they’re getting,” Charlene Brown, president, AT&T New Jersey, said. “We couldn’t be more pleased to support the public safety mission and bring the state’s first responders – and residents – greater access to the connectivity they need. Working with public safety we’ve made FirstNet nimble, adaptable and ready to scale for even the most severe situations.”

In addition to elevating public safety connectivity, the new infrastructure will help improve the overall coverage experience for AT&T customers.