JACKSON, Miss., July 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- At AT&T1, we've invested more than $700 millionin our Mississippi wireless and wired networks during 2016-2018. These investments boost reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and businesses. We've improved critical services that support Public Safety and first responders using the FirstNet communications platform. And, we've helped meet the needs of customers in largely rural areas through our participation in the FCC's Connect America Fund.
"High-speed connections and the infrastructure that drives those connections are important for residents and businesses across our state," said Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant. "Increasing broadband access and adoption is a key priority for us, and these investments from the private sector are vital to helping us achieve our connectivity goals in Mississippi."
AT&T's wireless network covers more than 99% of all Americans and has become the fastest wireless network in the nation, according to the first quarter 2019 results from tests taken with Speedtest® and analyzed by Ookla®. 2
"This kind of investment is key for the continuing success of our state and local economies, and we should applaud the work being done by policy-makers to ensure that Mississippi continues to welcome these investments from the private sector," said Scott Waller, President and CEO of the Mississippi Economic Council. "Investments in high-speed infrastructure help business owners connect with new customers and also helps them run their operations more efficiently – in short, these investments are spurring economic growth."
The AT&T LTE network now covers more than 400 million people in North America. In 2018, AT&T made hundreds of wireless network upgrades in Mississippi, including the construction and activation of 4 new cell sites. Notable Mississippi network enhancements in 2018 included more than 848 LTE capacity adds to over 468 cell sites across Mississippi.
"The more than 2,500 AT&T employees who call Mississippi home are turning these investments into the high-speed connectivity that businesses and residents across Mississippi need," said Mayo Flynt, president, AT&T Mississippi. "Across all parts of the state, our team is working to enhance our wireless and wired networks, spurring economic growth and job creation,"
By building out our 4G LTE network, we're boosting network speeds and capacity, as we continue to expand the availability of our network and upgrade our technology.
Additionally, for the 5th consecutive year we've landed on Fortune magazine's list of the "World's Most Admired" companies. It's also the 6th year in a row we've appeared on the Global Top 50 list – no other telecom company made the Top 50.
Transforming Public Safety Communications FirstNet is Public Safety's dedicated, nationwide communications platform. It is for all first responders – career and volunteer, urban or rural. It's bringing public safety communications into the 21st century with new, innovative capabilities, helping first responders connect to the critical information they need – every day and in every emergency.
Building upon our current and planned investments in Mississippi, we continue to extend the reach and increase the capacity of the FirstNet communications platform:
Deployed Band 14 spectrum in more than 600 markets nationwide, including Biloxi-Gulfport, Jackson and Pascagoula. Band 14 is high-quality spectrum provided by the First Responder Network Authority. Its signal covers larger geographic areas with less infrastructure to better support rural communities, and it can better reach in-building in more urban areas as compared to higher-MHz spectrum.
Mississippi first responders enjoy the fastest overall experience on FirstNet, compared to any commercial network in the nation, thanks to the specialized capabilities enabled by the physically separate and dedicated FirstNet network core, like always-on priority and preemption. 3
Public safety agencies subscribed to FirstNet have 24/7 access to a nationwide fleet of 75 deployable network assets. These assets can either be deployed for planned events or called upon in emergencies to help first responders stay connected and operate faster, safer and more effectively when lives are on the line.
FirstNet is built with AT&T in a public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority – an independent agency within the federal government. This helps ensure that the FirstNet communications platform and service offerings meet the short- and long-term needs of the public safety community.
Our commitment to rural America Through our participation in the FCC's Connect America Fund universal service program, AT&T has been helping to meet the connectivity needs of customers in largely rural areas and to expand the opportunities enabled by internet access. By the end of 2020, AT&T will have used funds from this FCC program to help deploy, maintain and offer internet access and voice services to more than 1.1 million mostly rural homes and small business locations in FCC-identified areas. By the end of 2018, we offered high-speed internet access to over 80,300 locations across Mississippi in mostly rural areas through technologies like Fixed Wireless Internet.
Our internet offerings We now market a 1 gigabit connection4 on our 100% fiber network to more than 12 million locations across 85 major metro areas nationwide. In the Mississippi area, we market our internet service powered by AT&T Fiber to more than 100,000 customer locations.
We plan to reach about 14 million locations across at least 85 metro areas by mid-2019 for consumers.
We are the largest U.S.-based provider of fiber for business services. There are over 500,000 U.S. business buildings lit with AT&T fiber, and we're adding thousands more each month.
Within those buildings, AT&T now enables high-speed fiber connections to over 2.2 million U.S. business customer locations. And if you count businesses near our fiber network, that number quadruples. Nationwide, more than 8 million business customer locations are on or within 1,000 feet of our fiber.5
To learn more about our wireless coverage in Mississippi, 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.
1AT&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. 2Based on analysis by Ookla® of Speedtest Intelligence® data average download speeds for Q1 2019. Ookla trademarks used under license and reprinted with permission. 3Based on AT&T analysis of Ookla® Speedtest Intelligence® nationwide data average download speeds for Q1 2019. Ookla trademarks used under license and reprinted with permission. 4 Actual customer speeds may vary. Download speeds are typically up to 940Mbps due to overhead capacity reserved to deliver the data. 5 The over 2.2 million U.S. business customer locations, which AT&T provides high-speed fiber connections, is included within the 8M U.S. business customer locations on or within 1,000 feet of our fiber.
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