MONROE — AT&T customers and FirstNet subscribers in Union County are getting a boost in wireless connectivity. A new cell tower has been added to enhance the area’s 4G LTE coverage and help give residents and first responders faster, more reliable wireless service, according to the AT&T communications department.

The new site will bring improved coverage to the Alton community and the rural area south to the South Carolina state line, per the report.

“Advanced communications technologies are vital in today’s connected society and economy,” said Pat Kahle, president of the Union County Chamber of Commerce, in a press release. “Announcements like this are important because they highlight the commitment of private industry to continue investing here, as well as contributing to the quality of life which helps keep Union County growing.”

“We want our customers to have a great experience. With 4G LTE service, they’ll be able to experience better network connectivity while streaming videos, sharing on social media or texting family and friends,” said Kathleen Evans, regional director of external affairs for AT&T North Carolina, in the release. “We consistently work to provide better coverage for the community and its first responders. And we’re investing in our wireless network to accomplish that.”

These upgrades will also benefit public safety and first responders on FirstNet — public safety’s dedicated communications platform — and give North Carolina’s first responders access to always-on, 24-hours-a-day priority and preemption across voice and data.