AUGUSTA — Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, announced that the new cell phone towers in Allagash and St. Francis are operational as of today. The new towers secured by President Jackson will improve cell phone service for more residents and help first responders respond to emergencies in the area.
A third cell phone tower is under construction in Eagle Lake and is expected to come online in the coming weeks.
“Reliable cell phone service has become an essential part of everyday life. It’s how we connect with loved ones, call for help in emergencies and do business on daily basis. Yet for far too long, the hardworking families in the Valley have been left behind when it comes to this essential service. That changes for most folks in Allagash and St. Francis today, and Eagle Lake in the coming weeks,” said President Jackson. “Thank you to all the hardworking families, first responders and people in our community who have helped me secure the construction of wireless towers.”
The towers were constructed by Wireless Partners, LLC. Wireless Partners is a 4G/5G network builder and operator that major carriers rely on to deliver their services to subscribers in rural America. The network will be operated by AT&T and supported by FirstNet Authority.
The First Responder Network Authority, or the FirstNet Authority, is an independent agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) that oversees FirstNet, the nation’s communications network dedicated to emergency responders and the public safety community.