• AT&T Invests Nearly $1.1 Billion Over Three-Year Period to Connect Local Customers in Louisiana

    July 08, 2021

    AT&T Invests Nearly $1.1 Billion Over Three-Year Period to Connect Local Customers in Louisiana

    Baton Rouge, La., June 8, 2021- AT&T* is proud to connect customers across the country by continuing to grow the nation’s best network 1. From 2018-2020, we expanded coverage and improved connectivity in more communities by investing nearly $1.1 billion in our wireless and wireline networks in Louisiana.

    AT&T’s commitment to communities across the country continues and spans all layers of our networkfrom fiber to 5G to FirstNet®. These investments are essential to connecting our customers with their family, friends and colleagues by increasing the network’s speed, reliability, coverage and overall performance.

    “TheseinvestmentsfromAT&Tarecriticaltocommunities acrossLouisianabecausetheykeepour residents connected and also provide the infrastructure necessary for businesses to connect with their customers and create jobs,” said Don Pierson, Secretary, Louisiana Economic Development .

    In 2021, we are increasing our fiber footprint by 3 million customer locations across more than 90 metro areas that we currently serve, including in and around communities like Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, New Orleans and Shreveport.

    We also recently announced that AT&T will invest $2 billion over the next 3 years to help address the digital divide nationwide. AT&T further improved critical communications for Louisiana’s first responders and improved public safety with FirstNet® – America’s public safety network.

    “From connecting family and loved ones to helping first responders during a crisis, AT&T is committed to investing in communities across Louisiana to build state-of-the-art infrastructure that will keep people connected,” said Sonia Perez, president, AT&T Southeast States. “By continuing to improve our network in Louisiana, we are helping businesses grow and helping to ensure that our customers and communities stay connected.”

    More details about our wireless coverage in Louisiana, and anywhere in the U.S., can be found on the AT&T Coverage Viewer. For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please visit the AT&T network news page.

    Expanding Access to Fiber

    In order to meet the continual demands for reliable, high-speed connections in our increasingly virtual world, we are looking to the future and investing in solutions like fiber around the country.
     

    AT&T Fiber® offers speeds of nearly 1 GIGfor both upload and download, which provides plenty of bandwidth for consumers and businesses and creates a better internet experience for bandwidth- heavy applications like video conferencing, virtual learning, telehealth, and gaming that are growing in popularity and importance. It has also proven to be 99% reliableand offers consistently fast speeds, even during peak times.4

    Is fiber available in my area? We currently offer AT&T Fiber in more than 90 metro areas across the U.S. AT&T Fiber is currently available in Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, New Orleans and Shreveport.

    Bringing fast, reliable, secure AT&T 5G to more Americans

    AT&T is also unlocking the power of 5G for consumers, businesses and first responders through both AT&T 5G and AT&T 5G+:

    • -  AT&T 5G, delivered over sub-6 spectrum sets us up to offer a better wireless experience with greater capacity to enable faster responses on capable devices. AT&T offers fast, reliable and highly secure 5G to 240 million people in 14,000 cities and towns nationwide including Baton Rouge, Beauregard Parish, Caldwell Parish, Houma-Thibodaux, Iberville Parish, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe, Morehouse Parish, New Orleans, Plaquemines Parish, Springfield, Shreveport, St. James Parish, and West Feliciana Parish.

    • -  AT&T 5G+ is our name for 5G delivered over a millimeter wave spectrum. Its super-fast speeds make it ideal for high-traffic areas and places like stadiums, arenas, school campuses, hospitals and will help unlock unprecedented experiences in iconic destinations and key venues. AT&T 5G+ is currently available in parts of 38 cities and more than 20 venues across the country including Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

      To check out the latest fiber pricing options head to att.com and to learn more about AT&T 5G, visit our AT&T 5G site.

      FirstNet: Dedicated to America’s First Responders

      We are committed to improving public safety infrastructure. As a part of that commitment, we have invested and built FirstNet in public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) – an independent agency within the federal government. FirstNet is the only nationwide, high-speed broadband communications platform dedicated to and purpose-built for America’s first responders and the extended public safety community.

    Expanding to serve: FirstNet focuses on where first responders need connectivity. We’ve moved quickly to deliver more coverage, boost capacity and drive new capabilities for first responders. Using all AT&T LTE commercial spectrum as well as high-quality Band 14 spectrum, FirstNet covers 2.71 million square miles nationwide. And we’re actively extending the reach of FirstNet in Louisiana to give agencies large and small the reliable, unthrottled connectivity and modern communications tools they require.

     

    First responder-centric 5G: FirstNet subscribers in parts of 38 cities and more than 20 venues now have access to AT&T 5G+. Our approach to 5G for public safety is unlike anything else. We’ve upgraded the dedicated FirstNet network core to enable 5Gconnectivity that is being built to intuitively optimize the experience for America’s first responders. First responders maintain voice communications with always-on priority and preemption on LTE, while the FirstNet network determines the best route for data traffic with compatible devices, whether that’s 5G+ or LTE spectrum.

    The FirstNet network is providing Louisiana’s public safety with truly dedicated coverage and capacity when they need. These advanced capabilities enable FirstNet to help fire, EMS, and law enforcement personnel save lives and protect their communities.

    FirstNet and the FirstNet logo are registered trademarks and service marks of the First Responder Network Authority. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.

    GWS awarded AT&T Best Network OneScore 2020. GWS conducts drive tests for AT&T and uses the data in its OneScore analysis.
    Speeds vary and not guaranteed. Internet speed claims represent maximum network service capabilities and based on wired connection to gateway. Actual customer speeds may vary based on a number of factors and are not guaranteed. Download speeds for Internet 1000 are typically up to 940Mbps due to overhead capacity reserved t o deliver the data. For more information, go to www.att.com/speed101.

    Based on network availability.
    Based on wired connection to the gateway.

    *About AT&T Communications

    We help family, friends and neighbors connect in meaningful ways every day. From the first phone call 140+ years ago to mobile video streaming, we @ATT innovate to improve lives. AT&T Communications is part of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T). For more information, please visit us at att.com.

    For more information, contact:

    Ann Elsas
    AT&T Corporate Communications Phone: 404-218-8436
    Email: ann.elsas@att.com

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