YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio, May 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- At AT&T1, we've invested more than $50 million in our Youngstown wireless and wired networks during 2013-2015. These investments drive upgrades to enhance reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and businesses. They also enhance critical services that support public safety and first responders.
In 2015, AT&T made more than 35 wireless network upgrades in Mahoning and surrounding counties. We increased capacity and speeds to existing cell sites and expanded the band of radio frequencies used on some towers.
"Economic growth is enhanced when companies invest in the most advanced, innovative technology," said John Boccieri, State Representative. "These investments can and will make a difference for businesses, residents and public institutions like schools and libraries over time. Youngstown can thrive with these networks."
"We're committed to providing our customers fast, reliable, highly secure connectivity. We want them to be able to access the Internet at any moment, from almost any device and from anywhere," said Adam Grzybicki, President of AT&T Ohio. "Our continued investment in Youngstown brings a host of new, innovative opportunities for residents and businesses."
The AT&T LTE network covers 365 million people in North America. In 2015, our network enhancements in Mahoning and surrounding counties included:
More than two dozen increases of capacity made to existing 4G LTE cell sites.
Expanded the band of radio frequencies used on several cell sites, increasing speeds.
In 2016, for the second year in a row, FORTUNE magazine recognized AT&T as the Most Admired Telecommunications Company in the world. We also placed #48 among the Top 50 World's Most Admired companies in the world. This is our third year in a row on the Top 50 list – AT&T is the only communications company on the list. The company ranked #1 in all 9 attributes. This includes innovation, financial soundness and quality of products/services. FORTUNE's Most Admired Companies lists are among the most highly respected indicators of corporate performance and reputation.
We offer Internet customers a great combination of speed and price. AT&T high-speed Internet2 customers have access to our entire national AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spot Network at no additional charge3. We also offer our award-winning DIRECTV® service to eligible locations. Customers may be eligible for AT&T U-verse TV service, a 100% digital service available over our advanced network. In 2015, Woman's Choice Awards® named AT&T U-verse "America's Most Recommended Brand among women for Broadband, Television and Phone Service."
We have big plans for the second half of 2016. We'll be giving you the ability to access and stream DIRECTV video services over a wired or wireless Internet connection from any provider and from virtually any device – smartphone, tablet, Smart TV, streaming media hardware or PC. We plan for each service to come with a set number of simultaneous sessions. These services will not require annual contracts, satellite dishes or set-top boxes.
We have an extensive Wi-Fi network with more than 40,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots at popular restaurants, hotels, bookstores and retailers. And we provide access to Wi-Fi at more 1 million locations around the world. Most AT&T smartphone customers and home Internet customers get access to our entire national Wi-Fi network at no additional cost. Wi-Fi usage doesn't count towards customers' monthly wireless data plans4.
To learn more about our coverage in Youngstown or anywhere in the U.S., visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer. For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please visit the AT&T network news page.
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1 AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
2 Geographic and service restrictions apply to AT&T U-verse services. Call or go to www.att.com/u-verse to see if you qualify.
3 Access includes AT&T Wi-Fi Basic. Wi-Fi enabled device required. Other restrictions apply. See www.attwifi.com for details and locations.
4 A Wi-Fi enabled device required. Other restrictions apply. See attwifi.com for details and locations.