There are some things that mortal men are not supposed to know, and this web page has a breezy, lightweight, breathless explanation of one of them - how our government, having allowed our "public utilities" to sabotage a reliable communications network that was working fine for146 years, has now decided to use our tax money to achieve a goal that I didn't know existed and still can hardly believe was ever consideed viable - constructing another cellular network in parallel with the ever-more-expensive, overly complicated, incredibly delicate network of eyesores that ruin our landscape, turn our church steeples into plastic monuments to mamon, and cause a generation of children to become soulless automatons, unable to relate to other people inches away from them, as they frantically flip through page after page after page of images showing endless clones of a blow-dried-airhead telling them to buy a new product while simpering and preening and trying harder to look like whatever flavor of sincere is Firstnet-fashionable.
Perhaps you will be able to make more sense out of it. My circuit breaker has tripped.
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"An official website of the United States government"
What's the news? AT&T is America's public safety communications partner. In the nearly 5 years since we were selected by the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) to build and operate FirstNet(r), we have moved quickly to bring more coverage, boost capacity and drive new capabilities for South Carolina first responders and the communities they serve - rural or urban.
Today, we cover nearly all of the state with FirstNet, Built with AT&T
- helping to connect public safety agencies and organizations in more than 150 communities across South Carolina. That's why we're focused on increasing network capacity for South Carolina public safety by deploying Band 14 spectrum - nationwide, high-quality spectrum set aside by the federal government specifically for FirstNet. We've rolled out Band 14 on over 1,000 sites across the state to provide public safety with truly dedicated coverage and capacity when they need it.
In addition, more South Carolina first responders are gaining access to a one-of-a-kind 5G experience on FirstNet. 5G connectivity on FirstNet is now available in Charleston and Hilton Head.
And we aren't stopping there. The FCC estimates that over 10,000 lives could be saved each year if public safety were able to reach callers just 1 minute faster. And since 80% of wireless calls take place indoors, in-building dedicated public safety connectivity is essential to public safety operations and overall safety. That's why we are collaborating with Safer Building Coalition, the nation's leading industry advocacy group focused on advancing policies, ideas, and technologies that ensure effective in-building communications capabilities for public safety personnel and the people they serve.