AT&T Invests More Than $250 Million Over Three-Year Period To Enhance Local Networks In West Virginia
Investment Expands Access to Nation's Most Reliable 4G LTE Network, Benefits of Mobile Broadband
CHARLESTON, W.V., March 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* has invested more than $250 million in its best-in-class wireless and wired networks in West Virginia from 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 (VIP), a three-year investment plan to expand and enhance its wireless and wired IP broadband networks, AT&T in 2013 made 504 network upgrades in West Virginia, including new cell sites and addition of wireless capacity.
"West Virginia 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 J. Michael Schweder, president of AT&T Mid-Atlantic. "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."
"Continued investment in fast and reliable Internet connectivity is critical for both quality of life and economic growth in West Virginia," said Schweder. "Enhanced wireless and wired connectivity is an important benefit for residents, and the expansion of fiber-optic connections helps to level the playing field for small and mid-sized businesses across the state."
Business leaders in West Virginia applauded AT&T for its investment in the state. "We're working hard every day to grow our economy and attract new businesses to West Virginia. When companies like AT&T make these kinds of investments in our state, it sends a strong message that West Virginia is open for business," said Stephen G. Roberts, president, West Virginia Chamber of Commerce.
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 West Virginia were added to AT&T's extensive LTE network, including:
- Beckley/Oak Hill
AT&T operates the nation's largest Wi-Fi network*** including more than 32,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots at popular restaurants, hotels, bookstores and retailers, and provides access to more than 529,000 hotspots globally through roaming agreements. Most AT&T smartphone customers get access to our entire national Wi-Fi network at no additional cost, and Wi-Fi usage doesn't count against customers' monthly wireless data plans.
For more information about AT&T's coverage in West Virginia or anywhere in the United States, consumers can visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer. For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please visit the AT&T network news page.
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** Speed & Reliability claims based on analysis of independent third party data re nationwide carriers' 4G LTE. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. 4G LTE is not available everywhere.
*** Largest based on company branded and operated hotspots.
To define a market, we rely on the Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSA), as established by the United States Office of Management and Budget. Minor differences, if any, between annual totals reflect annual updating of market boundaries in our record systems.
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