TOPEKA, Kan., Sept. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- At AT&T1, we've invested more than $90 million in our Topeka wireless and wired networks during 2015-2017. These investments boost reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and businesses. They also improve critical services that support public safety and first responders.
"We appreciate the Legislature's approach to policies that encourage companies such as AT&T to invest more in network infrastructure," said Rob Reynolds, regional vice president of AT&T Kansas. "Our investments help us maintain our world-class networks and meet customers' ever-increasing demand for faster, more reliable, highly secure broadband, from almost any device – almost anywhere."
In 2017, AT&T made 13 wireless network upgrades in the Topeka area. Those improvements included carrier additions designed to boost network capacity.
"For Topeka to continue to thrive and attract new jobs and innovation, sustained investment by the private sector is crucial," said Matt Pivarnik, president and CEO of the Greater Topeka Partnership. "By continuing to build state-of-the-art infrastructure in our state, AT&T is making business growth possible and assuring that our residents have the tools to stay connected and entertained. AT&T and their executive leaders are working to move Kansas and Topeka forward on many fronts and we appreciate their involvement and community philanthropy beyond their business principals."
The AT&T LTE network now covers more than 400 million people in North America. By building out our 4G LTE network, we're laying the foundation for 5G, the next advance in network technologies. We're boosting network speeds and capacity, as we continue to expand the availability of our network using the latest technology.
Since the formation of the FirstNet public-private partnership a little over a year ago, governors from all 50 states, 5 territories and D.C. recognized the value of FirstNet, joining in its mission to strengthen and modernize public safety's communications capabilities.
FirstNet is a new nationwide communications platform dedicated to America's public safety community. As we build, deploy, and evolve FirstNet, we will build upon our current and planned investments in Kansas to help ensure public safety's network delivers the coverage and cutting-edge capabilities first responders expect – today and for decades to come.
For the 4th year in a row, AT&T earned the top spot in the telecommunications industry on FORTUNE's Most Admired Companies list in 2018. We also placed No. 49 among the 50 most admired companies across all industries.
We were ranked first or second in all 9 attributes used to compile the list, including innovation, people management, quality of management, long-term investment value, quality of products/services and global competitiveness.
Our internet offerings
We have the largest fiber network within our 21-state wireline footprint.2 And AT&T is the largest U.S.-based provider of fiber for business services, creating an unparalleled ability to serve businesses of all sizes.
We also now market a 1 gigabit connection3 on our 100% fiber network to 9 million locations across 71 major metro areas nationwide. We plan to reach at least 14 million locations across at least 84 metro areas by mid-2019 for consumers.
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 Based on publicly available data for the top fiber providers in the AT&T operating footprint.
3 Actual customer speeds may vary. Download speeds are typically up to 940Mbps due to overhead capacity reserved to deliver the data.
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