JACKSON, Miss., May 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T has invested more than $875 million in its Mississippi wireless and wired networks during 2013 -2015. These investments drive a wide range of upgrades to reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and businesses. They also enhance critical services that support public safety and first responders.
For 135 years AT&T has invested in its Mississippi communications networks, people and local communities. Notable network enhancements during 2013-2015 include 833 upgrades providing additional wireless and wired network capacity, new cell sites, and new broadband network connections.
"We're committed to providing our customers fast, reliable, highly secure connectivity. We want them to be able to access the content they want from anywhere and on any device," said Mayo Flynt, President of AT&T Mississippi. "Our continued investment in Mississippi allows our over 3,100 Mississippi employees to expand our fiber network and bring new, innovative services like AT&T GigaPower to our residents and businesses."
AT&T GigaPower offers AT&T's fastest Internet speeds, up to 1Gbps over a 100% fiber network to more than 1.6 million locations across 22 major metro areas. AT&T announced plans to expand the availability of Internet speeds up to 1Gbps to homes, apartments and small businesses in parts of 34 additional cities across the U.S., including Jackson metro and other Mississippi locations.
"In order for Mississippi to continue to thrive and serve its residents, it's imperative we have companies that lead with investments and thoughtful innovation," said House Speaker Philip Gunn. "AT&T is making on-going investments in its network which enables our residents and businesses to have the tools to compete and grow."
In January, AT&T announced that it had added 1 million additional business customer locations – including more than 10,500 in the state of Mississippi – to its fiber network since 2012 when the company began an aggressive fiber expansion program. The expansion helped extend the AT&T U.S. fiber network another 76,000 route miles, bringing the total to nearly 500,000. AT&T offers business customers high-speed Internet products on its fiber network in every major metro in the company's 21-state footprint.
AT&T has big plans for 2016. The company will be giving customers 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. AT&T plans 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.
In 2016, for the second year in a row, FORTUNE magazine recognized AT&T as the Most Admired Telecommunications Company in the world. AT&T also placed #48 among the Top 50 World's Most Admired companies. This is the company's third year in a row on the Top 50 list – AT&T is the only communications company on the list. AT&T ranked #1 in all 9 attributes. This included 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.
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