At AT&T, we invested nearly $200 million in our West Virginia wireless and wired networks during 2014-2016. These investments drive a wide range of upgrades to reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and businesses. They also improve critical services that support public safety and first responders.
In 2016, AT&T made more than 550 wireless network upgrades in West Virginia. Notable upgrades include adding cell sites in Huntington and Charleston and adding LTE to a cell site in Oceana.
“We’re investing today to keep West Virginians connected wherever they live, work and play. And, our investments will also pave the path to 5G mobile services in the years ahead,” said J. Michael Schweder, president, AT&T Mid-Atlantic
The AT&T LTE network covers nearly 400 million people in North America.
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) recently chose AT&T to build a nationwide public safety broadband network. The network will be dedicated to America’s police, firefighters, EMS personnel and other first responders when they need it. Should West Virginia opt-in to the FirstNet network, we will build upon our current and planned investments with a dedicated focus on the state’s first responders.
And we would expect to make a significant investment to upgrade and maintain West Virginia’s FirstNet network over the next 25 years, bringing your first responders the coverage, value and experience they expect.
For the third year in a row, FORTUNE magazine recognized AT&T as the Most Admired Telecommunications Company in the world in 2017. We also No. 37 among the Top 50 World’s Most Admired companies. AT&T is the only telecommunications company on the list. We ranked No. 1 in all 9 attributes. This included innovation, financial soundness and quality of products/services.
We have an extensive Wi-Fi network with more than 40,000 AT&T Wi-Fi hotspots at popular restaurants, hotels, bookstores and retailers.¹ And we provide access to Wi-Fi at more than 1 million locations around the world. Most AT&T smartphone and home internet customers get access to the entire national AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spot network at no additional cost. Wi-Fi usage doesn’t count against customers’ monthly wireless data plans.
1 Wi-Fi enabled device required. Other restrictions apply. See www.attwifi.com for details and locations.
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