North Carolina is blessed with abundant beauty in the great outdoors, from the beaches to the mountains and everywhere in between.

Now more than ever, as the COVID-19 pandemic has limited indoor gatherings, people are getting outside and enjoying drives on the Blue Ridge Parkway, hikes in our state parks and picnics by clear blue lakes.

No matter what activities you choose, your health and safety is a top priority. That’s why the First Responder Network Authority of North Carolina chose to opt into the FirstNet Authority, a public-private partnership between the federal government and AT&T. FirstNet provides a network core fully dedicated to public safety faster than any commercial network. 

The roll out of this network is moving fast. As of October 2020, 80% of the proposed coverage was completed nationally, in more than 700 markets.

FirstNet in North Carolina:

Getting coverage to rural areas of North Carolina is a top priority for the First Responder Network Authority. Thanks to AT&T’s investment in the state, five new FirstNet cell sites were added in the summer of 2020. These include:


  • Alleghany County (3)

  • Beaufort County (1)

  • Wilkes County (1)

These sites join the FirstNet cell sites located in:

  • Ashe County

  • Cleveland County

  • Halifax County

  • Northhampton County

  • Warren County

These sites were constructed with the AT&T commercial spectrum, as well as the Band 14 spectrum, which is known as public safety’s VIP lane. The Band 14 spectrum is a high quality spectrum that can be cleared and locked for first responders, allowing for faster communication than any other network. In addition to the cell sites, AT&T has deployed Band 14 in about 400 towns across North Carolina, from Asheville to Fayetteville and many points in between.

The Right Products for FirstNet

RCS Wireless Technology is your source for information about the FirstNet expansion and can help you get the right products to stay connected during the expansion of the Band 14 spectrum. To take full advantage of the spectrum, you’ll need a FirstNet ready device and a FirstNet SIM card. Our staff can help you choose the right tools to improve communications and make sure the first responders you serve have the equipment they need to be effective in the field.

Call RCS Wireless Technology today to learn more about FirstNet’s expansion in North Carolina and how you can take part in this new initiative to improve communications for all responders, no matter how rugged the terrain. 

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