STAMPING GROUND, Ky. — AT&T customers and FirstNet subscribers in Scott County got a big boost in wireless connectivity. We’ve added a new cell tower to enhance the area’s 4G LTE coverage and help give residents and first responders faster, more reliable wireless service. Our investment will help customers get the most out of their mobile devices. The tower is located along Coppage Road in Stamping Ground.
The towers also include equipment to enable Fixed Wireless Internet service. 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 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.
“It is vital that we continue to work to bring greater access to high-speed internet to rural Kentuckians, and this announcement today marks a positive step in that direction,” said Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer. “I look forward to continuing to work to encourage greater deployment of these critical “last mile” services by the private sector.”
“Technology infrastructure is an integral part of our community being economically competitive,” said Scott County Judge Executive Joe Pat Covington. “Access to Broadband Internet is vital and this “last mile” solution ensures our families and businesses have the connections they need.”
AT&T is also boosting network reliability and capacity as it expand the network. This helps Kentucky residents get the best possible experience over the AT&T network wherever they live, work and play.
“We’re committed to providing our customers fast, reliable, highly secure connectivity and the network expansion in Scott County is a result of that commitment,” said Hollie Spade, director, legislative affairs, AT&T Kentucky. “We’re always working 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. FirstNet is bringing public safety communications into the 21st century with new, innovative capabilities to help those users stay safe and save lives.
These enhancements also bring Band 14 spectrum to the area. Band 14 is nationwide, high-quality spectrum set aside by the government specifically for FirstNet. It provides public safety with a dedicated lane of connectivity when needed. When not in use by FirstNet subscribers, AT&T customers can enjoy Band 14’s added coverage and capacity.
FirstNet is built with AT&T in a public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority. It’s designed to help first responders in Kentucky and across the country connect to the critical information they need – when they need it – so they can keep themselves and the communities they serve safer.
AT&T invested nearly $800 million in its wireless and wireline networks in Kentucky between 2016 through 2018. This drives upgrades to reliability, coverage, speed and performance for residents and business customers.
Additionally, AT&T has coordinated with communications providers, the Kentucky Department of Education, and every school district across the Commonwealth to extend fiber-based, high-speed internet to all 172 school districts in Kentucky. This helped establish connectivity speeds that allow Kentucky to be the first state to meet a national benchmark set in 2012 and offered a clear indicator that there is fiber-optic infrastructure in every county in the Commonwealth.