COLUMBIA, S.C. - What’s the news? AT&T customers and FirstNet® subscribers in South Carolina got a big boost in wireless connectivity. Thus far this year we’ve added 14 new cell towers in 12 counties to enhance the area’s 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, bringing improved coverage to the following seven counties:
• Aiken — along U.S. Highway 1 in Ridge Spring between Eureka and Camp Long;
• Berkeley -- along Hwy 6 in Pineville between Cross and St. Stephen;
• Chester – along S.C. Highway 72 in Chester between Lowrys and Edgemoor;
• Colleton – along S.C. Highway 61 in Smoaks between Williams and Grover; and along S.C. Highway 64 in Lodge between U.S. Highways 601 and 21;
• Florence – along US. Highway 76 in Timmonsville between U.S. Highway 401 and Interstate 95;
• Greenville – along U.S. Highway 76 in Fountain Inn between U.S. Highway 25 and Interstate 385;
• Kershaw – along Interstate 20 in Camden between U.S. Highway 601 and Boykin;
• Marion – along S.C. Highway 41 in Centenary between U.S. Highways 378 and 501;
• Orangeburg – along U.S. Highway 21 in Orangeburg between U.S. Highways 178 and 301;
• Pickens – along U.S. Highway 123 in Liberty between S.C. Highway and U.S. Highway 178 and along U.S. Highway 178 between Salem and Pumpkintown;
• Spartanburg – along Interstate 85 in Duncan between Lyman and Reidville; and
• Union – along U.S. Highway 176 in Union between Cross Keys and Carlisle.
Why is this important? We know how important it is for our customers to stay connected. That’s why we’re also boosting network reliability and capacity as we expand our network. This helps South Carolina residents get the best possible experience over the AT&T network wherever they live, work and play. And it’s giving first responders on FirstNet – America’s public safety network – access to always-on, 24-hours-a-day priority and preemption across voice and data.
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. We look at Band 14 as public safety’s VIP lane. In an emergency, this band – or lane – can be cleared and locked just for FirstNet subscribers. When not in use by FirstNet subscribers, AT&T customers can enjoy Band 14’s added coverage and capacity.
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