At AT&T1, we’ve invested more than $700 million in our Wisconsin wireless and wired networks during 2016-2018, including nearly $275 million in the greater Milwaukee area. These investments boost reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and businesses. We’ve also improved critical services that support Public Safety and first responders using the FirstNet communications platform. And, we’ve helped meet the needs of customers in largely rural areas through our participation in the FCC’s Connect America Fund.
“We’re investing in our Wisconsin networks to keep residents, businesses, visitors and first responders connected,” said Scott T. VanderSanden, president of AT&T Wisconsin. “We want our customers to have a great experience and enjoy fast mobile speeds wherever they live, work and play. We’re always working to provide better coverage, and we’re investing in our wireless network across Wisconsin to accomplish that.”
AT&T’s wireless network covers more than 99% of all Americans and has become the fastest wireless network in the nation, according to the first quarter 2019 results analyzed by Speedtest ® by Ookla. 2 The AT&T LTE network covers more than 400 million people in North America.
In 2018, AT&T made 590 network upgrades in Wisconsin, including adding 41 new cell sites, expanding LTE to 14 sites, and adding capacity to 509 sites.
By building out our 4G LTE network, we’re boosting network speeds and capacity, as we continue to expand the availability of our network and upgrade our technology.
Additionally, for the 5th consecutive year we've landed on Fortune magazine's list of the "World's Most Admired" companies. It's also the 6th year in a row we've appeared on the Global Top 50 list – no other telecom company made the Top 50.
FirstNet is Public Safety's dedicated, nationwide communications platform. It is for all first responders – career and volunteer, urban, rural or tribal. It is bringing public safety communications into the 21st century with new, innovative capabilities, helping first responders connect to the critical information they need – every day and in every emergency.
Building upon our current and planned investments in Wisconsin, we continue to extend the reach and increase the capacity of the FirstNet communications platform:
FirstNet is built with AT&T in a public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority – an independent agency within the federal government. This helps ensure that the FirstNet communications platform and service offerings meet the short- and long-term needs of the public safety community.
Through our participation in the FCC’s Connect America Fund universal service program, AT&T has been helping to meet the connectivity needs of customers in largely rural areas and to expand the opportunities enabled by internet access. By the end of 2020, AT&T will have used funds from this FCC program to help deploy, maintain and offer internet access and voice services to more than 1.1 million mostly rural homes and small business locations in FCC-identified areas. By the end of 2018, we offered high-speed internet access to over 14,700 locations across Wisconsin in mostly rural areas through technologies like Fixed Wireless Internet.
We now market a 1 gigabit connection4 on our 100% fiber network to more than 12 million locations across 85 major metro areas nationwide. In the Madison and Milwaukee areas, we market our internet service powered by AT&T Fiber to nearly 180,000 customer locations.
We plan to reach at least 14 million locations across at least 85 metro areas by mid-2019 for consumers. We are the largest U.S.-based provider of fiber for business services. There are over 500,000 U.S. business buildings lit with AT&T fiber, and we’re adding thousands more each month.
Within those buildings, AT&T now enables high-speed fiber connections to over 2.2 million U.S. business customer locations. And if you count businesses near our fiber network, that number quadruples. Nationwide, more than 8 million business customer locations are on or within 1,000 feet of our fiber. 5
1 AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
2 Based on analysis by Ookla® of Speedtest Intelligence® data average download speeds for Q1 2019. Ookla trademarks used under license and reprinted with permission.
3 Based on AT&T analysis of Ookla® Speedtest Intelligence® data average download speeds for Q1 2019. Ookla trademarks used under license and reprinted with permission.
4 Actual customer speeds may vary. Download speeds are typically up to 940Mbps due to overhead capacity reserved to deliver the data.
5 The over 2.2 million U.S. business customer locations, which AT&T provides high-speed fiber connections, is included within the 8M U.S. business customer locations on or within 1,000 feet of our fiber.
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