At AT&T[i], we invested more than $150 million in our West Virginia 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.
The AT&T LTE network now covers more than 400 million people in North America. In 2017, AT&T made greater than 530 wireless network upgrades in West Virginia.
“For West Virginia to attract new jobs and spur innovation, sustained private sector investment is essential,” said J. Michael Schweder, president, AT&T Mid-Atlantic States. “We’re investing in our infrastructure in the Mountain State so that businesses, residents and visitors have the tools to stay connected and entertained.”
Since the formation of the FirstNet public-private partnership a little over a year ago, governors from all 50 states, 5 territories and Washington, 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 West Virginia 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.
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