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New FirstNet cell site unveiled to assist first responders with emergencies

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Posted at 6:10 PM, Mar 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-06 07:47:45-05

BALTIMORE, Md. — Keeping first responders and community residents connected during an emergency. That's the goal for Baltimore County officials.

On Tuesday, AT&T unveiled a new FirstNet portable cell site on Hazelwood Avenue in Baltimore. The new site is a much needed upgrade to enhance public safety communications for first responders in Baltimore County.

Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger was joined by Edward Parkinson, the CEO of FirstNet Authority and Dennis Dunn, the President of AT&T Maryland, for the unveiling of the new site.

"In addition to supporting first responders, this new cell site and other network upgrades in the Baltimore area and across Maryland will provide more mobile broadband coverage and capacity to business and residences," said Dunn. "This is significant in many under served rural areas of the state."

FirstNet is a nationwide wireless communication platform designed to modernized public safety communication by helping first responders receive information needed to assist emergencies. The company also has a large fleet of portable cellphone antennas operated by AT&T in a joint public-private relationship.

Last year, mobile FirstNet cell sites were brought to both Washington County and Ellicott City to help with the historic flooding.