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AT&T Invests Nearly $1.85 Billion Over Three-Year Period To Enhance Network In Washington

Investment Expands Access to Nation's Most Reliable 4G LTE Network, Benefits of Mobile Broadband

SEATTLE, March 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* has invested nearly $1.85 billion in its best-in-class wireless and wired networks in Washington from 2011 through 2013, driving a wide range of upgrades to enhance speed, reliability, coverage and performance for residents and business customers.

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Advancing its Project Velocity IP (VIP), an investment plan to expand and enhance its wireless and wired IP broadband networks, AT&T in 2013 made 554 network upgrades in Washington, including new cell sites, addition of wireless and wired network capacity, and new broadband network connections.

"Washington is the home of innovation and customer service," said Bob Bass, Washington President, AT&T. "It's no surprise that our residents want fast and reliable Internet connections, whether it's instant access to files and apps at work, watching a video at home, or even receiving updates from connected cars or home monitors. AT&T is working hard to make that happen. We've invested nearly $2 billion right here to give our customers the latest services and tools, and businesses the speed they need to be competitive and grow."

In 2013, several markets in Washington were added to AT&T's extensive LTE network, including Aberdeen, Bellingham, Camano Island, Centralia, Mount Vernon, Moses Lake, Olympia, Port Angeles, Shelton, Spokane, Tri-Cities (Kennewick, Pasco and Richland), Whidbey Island, and Yakima. Other notable Washington network enhancements in 2013 included:

  • AT&T expanded its mobile Internet coverage at CenturyLink Field in September by completing the installation of a new Distributed Antenna System (DAS) to enhance the customer experience throughout the facility.
  • AT&T expanded its 4G LTE network in Washington to include Crystal Mountain and Stevens Pass resorts, bringing skiers and snowboarders the latest generation of wireless network technology.
  • AT&T upgraded mobile Internet cell sites in Bellevue, Everett, Kent and Redmond to expand AT&T 4G LTE coverage.
  • AT&T expanded its 4G LTE network in existing Washington markets to include: Anacortes, Bremerton, Buckley, Burley, Carnation, Cheney, Eatonville, Edmonds, Enumclaw, Fall City, Gig Harbor, Longview, Graham, Maple Valley, Monroe, North Bend, Orting, Poulsbo, Port Orchard, Snoqualmie, South Prairie, Vancouver, Winslow and the Clark County Fairgrounds.

AT&T provides the nation's most reliable 4G LTE network today, covering more than 280 million Americans with 4G LTE service.**  

For more information about AT&T's coverage in Washington or anywhere in the United States, consumers can visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer.  For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please visit the AT&T network news page.

* 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.

** Reliability claim based on data transfer completion rates on nationwide 4G LTE networks.  LTE is a trademark of ETSI. 4G LTE not available everywhere.

To define a market, we rely on the Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSA), as established by the United States Office of Management and Budget.  Minor differences, if any, between annual totals reflect annual updating of market boundaries in our record systems.

About AT&T

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company and one of the most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and internationally. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's most reliable 4G LTE network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile Internet, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV service with the AT&T U-verse® brand. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world.

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