AT&T customers and FirstNet subscribers in southern Minnesota got a big boost in wireless connectivity. We’ve added seven new cell towers south of I-90 near the Minnesota-Iowa border in the following communities: Bricelyn, Dunnell, Elmore, Lyle, Taopi, Twin Lakes and south of Fairmont near Iowa Lake.
The new towers will enhance the area’s 4G LTE coverage and help give residents and first responders faster, more reliable wireless service. Our investment will also help customers get the most out of their mobile devices.
“Customers are doing more with their wireless devices than ever before, and we want to give them an effortless network experience,” said Paul Weirtz, president of AT&T Minnesota. “We consistently work to provide better coverage for Minnesota’s communities and first responders. And we’re investing in our wireless network in southern Minnesota to accomplish that.”
“Customers are doing more with their wireless devices than ever before, and we want to give them an effortless network experience.”Paul Weirtz, president of AT&T Minnesota.
We know how important it is for our customers to stay connected. That’s why we’re also boosting network reliability and capacity as we expand our network. This helps Minnesota residents get the best possible experience over the AT&T network wherever they live, work and play.
These upgrades will benefit public safety and first responders on FirstNet – public safety’s dedicated communications platform. FirstNet is bringing public safety communications into the 21st century with new, innovative capabilities to help those users stay safe and save lives.
These enhancements also bring Band 14 spectrum to the area. Band 14 is nationwide, high-quality spectrum set aside by the government specifically for FirstNet. It provides public safety with a dedicated lane of connectivity when needed. When not in use by FirstNet subscribers, AT&T customers can enjoy Band 14’s added coverage and capacity.
FirstNet is built with AT&T in a public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority. It’s designed to help first responders in Minnesota and across the country connect to the critical information they need – when they need it – so they can keep themselves and the communities they serve safer.
At AT&T, we’ve invested more than $325 million in our Minnesota wireless and wired networks during 2016-2018. And since 2010, we’ve invested more than $1.1 billion in our Minnesota networks.
In 2019, AT&T made nearly 950 network enhancements across Minnesota, including new cell sites, additional network capacity, network upgrades and small cells. 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.
We plan to keep upgrading our network throughout 2020. Expanding our network in the area has given AT&T the most wireless coverage in Minnesota.