More improvements on the way, says Palm Coast CIO Don Kewley.
AT&T has added a new cell site to its 4G LTE network in Palm Coast to provide customers faster, more reliable wireless service.
The new cell site off Palm Coast Parkway Northwest will increase coverage and speed for mobile internet as well as greater reliability for cell service and data along the parkway between Pine Lakes Parkway and I-95 and between Palm Coast Parkway Southwest and Beachway Drive.
“We want our customers to have a great experience. They’ll be able to download, upload, stream and play games faster than ever before on our 4G LTE network,” said Joe York, AT&T Florida president. “We consistently work to provide better coverage. And we’re investing in our wireless network to accomplish that.”
By expanding their 4G LTE network, AT&T said in a press release, they are laying the foundation for 5G, “the next advance in network technologies.”
Palm Coast Chief Innovation Officer Don Kewley likewise sees this as the first wave of improvements that will transform Palm Coast’s communication infrastructure. According to Kewley, the new site should be fully operational by sometime in November, along with three new towers to be erected by AT&T. More sites to shore up the city’s cell coverage may be on the horizon.
“We hope to attract some more in the future,” Kewley said. The city will be working with third-party organizations to do so by courting more cell carriers.
Kewley said his plans for improving the city’s communication technology extend beyond cell carriers and towers, mentioning the steps he’s taking to bring Palm Coast high-speed internet service via fiber-optic cables.
“We’re in the process of evaluating proposals and talking to providers about fiber for business and the public,” Kewley said.
The second round of interviews for potential fiber providers began last week. Kewley will present his findings to the City Council at a meeting Oct. 29, possibly with recommendations for a final choice.
“It’s about how we can provide, internally and externally, better services for the citizens of our community,” he said.