AT&T invests nearly $20 Million over 3-year period to enhance local networks in Fort Wayne area

May 16th, 2017

At AT&T, we've invested nearly $20 million in our Fort Wayne area wireless and wired networks during 2014-2016. These investments enhance reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and businesses. They also improve critical services that support public safety and first responders.

In 2016, AT&T made more than 65 wireless network upgrades in the Fort Wayne area. These include boosting network capacity, and new wireless high-speed internet connections.

"Access to a strong wireless infrastructure is critical to the economic growth of our region. It is crucial that companies invest through thoughtful innovation," said Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership President and CEO John Sampson. "By investing in Fort Wayne, AT&T is making business growth possible. And, our residents will have the tools to stay connected and entertained."

"AT&T continues to invest in Northeast Indiana in large part because our state has worked hard to develop a welcoming environment for such investments," said State Rep. David Ober, who serves as chairman of the Indiana House of Representatives Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications Committee. "With the passage of SEA 213 this session, we've increased the likelihood of more positive news like this in the future, as communications companies will be able to bring new technologies, such as small cells, to the state even quicker."

"We're investing to provide faster, more reliable, highly secure connectivity. We want customers to have internet access at any moment, from almost any deviceanywhere," said Bill Soards, president of AT&T Indiana. "These continued investments, combined with strong leadership at the Statehouse, are bringing Fort Wayne area residents and businesses a host of new opportunities."

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

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) recently chose AT&T to build a nationwide public safety broadband network. The network will be dedicated to America's police, firefighters, EMS personnel and other first responders when they need it. Should Indiana opt-in to the FirstNet network, we will build upon our current and planned investments with a dedicated focus on the state's first responders.

And we would expect to make a significant investment to upgrade and maintain Indiana's FirstNet network over the next 25 years, bringing your first responders the coverage, value and experience they expect.