FirstNet Brings Wireless Coverage to Glenwood Canyon
FirstNet, is bringing end-to-end wireless coverage to Glenwood Canyon, CO (USA), allowing public safety, residents and local travelers to stay connected. A network of cell sites, which recently provided temporary emergency communications for first responders during mudslide recovery efforts, have now launched as a permanent wireless solution through most of the canyon.
This is the first connectivity of its kind within Glenwood Canyon, a critical transportation corridor that connects the Western Slope of Colorado to the Front Range. The need for communications infrastructure along this artery is crucial, as witnessed last month when multiple large mudslides swept through parts of the canyon closing I-70, trapping motorists and destroying most everything in their path.
After years of construction and coordination with federal, state, local and private agencies, the sites provide essential communication for first responders and those who travel through the canyon.
"Wireless connectivity in Glenwood Canyon is a significant milestone that will support our brave first responders, improve public safety, and boost local economies," said U.S. Senator John Hickenlooper
"Finally cell service is coming to Glenwood Canyon," said Governor Jared Polis. "No one likes dead zones and I'm so excited that a major one that frustrates so many drivers including me is now fixed. Wireless communications provided invaluable service to first responders and recovery workers as they focused on reopening I-70 this summer. This investment will impact lives for those who travel through and spend time in Glenwood Canyon."