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AT&T Invests More Than $225 Million over 3-Year Period to Boost Local Networks in Connecticut

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AT&T, we’ve invested more than $225 Million in our Connecticutwireless networks during 2016-2018. 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.

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 from tests taken with Speedtest and analyzed by Ookla.

In 2018, AT&T made 495 wireless network upgrades in Connecticut
We added:

  • New build sites
  • LTE carrier jobs
  • LTE bandwidth expansions

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Following the passage of recent state legislation, AT&T will continue its investment in Connecticut with additional upgrades.

“Governor Ned Lamont introduced legislation which is awaiting his signature that encourages companies to invest more in wireless infrastructure. We’re now speeding our wireless build out plans in Connecticut with tens of millions of dollars dedicated to improving its mobile network,” said John Emra, president of AT&T Connecticut. “This investment will also pave the path to 5G mobile services in the years ahead.”

“For Connecticut to continue to thrive and attract new jobs and innovation, sustained investment by the private sector is crucial,” said Joe Brennan, President of the Connecticut Business & Industry Association. “By continuing to build state-of-the-art infrastructure in our state, AT&T is making business growth possible and assuring that our residents have the tools to stay connected and entertained.”

The AT&T LTE network covers more than 400 million people in North America.

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.

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Transforming Public Safety Communications

FirstNet is Public Safety’s dedicated, nationwide communications platform. It is for all first responders career and volunteer, urban or rural. It’s 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 Connecticut, we continue to extend the reach and increase the capacity of the FirstNet communications platform:

  • Deployed Band 14 spectrum in more than 600 markets nationwide, including communities like BridgeportHartfordNew HavenNew London/Norwich and Windham
  • Band 14 is high-quality spectrum provided by the First Responder Network Authority. Its signal covers larger geographic areas with less infrastructure to better support rural communities, and it can better reach in-building in more urban areas as compared to higher-MHz spectrum.
  • Connecticut first responders enjoy the fastest overall experience on FirstNet, compared to any commercial network in the nation, thanks to the specialized capabilities enabled by the physically separate and dedicated FirstNet network core, like always-on priority and preemption. 3
  • Public safety agencies subscribed to FirstNet have 24/7 access to a nationwide fleet of 75 deployable network assets. These assets can either be deployed for planned events or called upon in emergencies to help first responders stay connected and operate faster, safer and more effectively when lives are on the line.

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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.

To learn more about our wireless coverage in Connecticut, or anywhere in the U.S., visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer. For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please visit the AT&T network news page.

1AT&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.
3Based on AT&T analysis of Ookla Speedtest Intelligence nationwide data average download speeds for Q1 2019. Ookla trademarks used under license and reprinted with permission.

Cautionary Language Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

Information set forth in this news release contains financial estimates and other forward- looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially. A discussion of factors that may affect future results is contained in AT&T’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. AT&T disclaims any obligation to update or revise statements contained in this news release based on new information or otherwise.

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