AT&T invested $525 milion in MN from 2010-2013

MHTA recently highlighted AT&T’s investment in wireless networks in Minnesota…

AT&T has invested more than $525 million in its best-in-class wireless and wired networks in Minnesota from 2010 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 (VIP), an investment plan to expand and enhance its wireless and wired IP broadband networks, AT&T in 2013 made more than 700 network upgrades in Minnesota, including:

  • 34 new sites built
  • 365 capacity enhancements
  • 376 enhanced fiber (Ethernet) backhaul ads

“Minnesota 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 Paul Weirtz, president, AT&T Minnesota. “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.” …

AT&T provides the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network today, covering more than 280 million Americans with 4G LTE service.** In 2013, several markets in Minnesota were added to AT&T’s extensive LTE network, including: Albert Lea, Brainerd, Chisholm, Cloquet, Duluth, Eveleth, Faribault, Fairmont, Grand Rapids, Hibbing (and along Highway 169 to Grand Rapids), Minneapolis-St. Paul, New Ulm, Northfield, Owatonna, Red Wing, Rochester, St. Cloud and Virginia.

I drove from Cloquet to Grand Rapids last weekend. It’s an area that could use some telecom investment. I couldn’t make a phone call for about 30 minutes of the hour-long trip. (My wireless provider is not AT&T.)

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About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (blandinonbroadband.org), hosts a radio show on MN music (mostlyminnesota.com), supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota (elimstrongtowershelters.org) and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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