AT&T Invests $1.7B to Upgrade State Coverage

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DETROIT — AT&T has invested nearly $1.7 billion in its best-in-class wireless and wired networks in Michigan between 2011 through 2013, driving a wide range of upgrades to enhance speed, reliability, coverage and performance for residents and business customers.

Advancing its Project Velocity IP, an investment plan to expand and enhance its wireless and wired IP broadband networks, AT&T in 2013 made 891 network upgrades in Michigan, including new cell sites, addition of wireless and wired network capacity, and new broadband network connections. Additionally, AT&T expanded the reach of its network, providing access to U-verse Internet and video services to 78,000 new customer locations and delivering powerful fiber-optic connections to 5,512 business locations at 257 multi-tenant business buildings and business parks.

“Michigan residents depend on our fast and reliable Internet connections more and more every day, whether it’s instant access to files and apps at work, watching a video at home, or even receiving updates from connected cars or home monitors,” said Jim Murray, president, AT&T Michigan. “AT&T is making robust investments locally to make sure that residents can take full advantage of the latest services and tools, and that businesses have the speed they need to compete and grow.”

 In 2013, several markets in Michigan were added to AT&T’s LTE network, including Flint, Saginaw-Bay City, Grand Rapids, Mount Pleasant, Lansing, Muskegon, and Kalamazoo. The company also expanded its 4G LTE footprint to nearly 100 communities, including, Dearborn, Ann Arbor, Algonac, Benton Harbor, Port Huron, Armada, Saline, Ypsilanti, Newport, Farmington Hills, Brighton, as well as other places throughout the state, including in Bay, Clinton, Eaton and Ingham counties.

AT&T also improved Internet speeds with the addition of 45 Mbps U-Verse Internet Service in the state.

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