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AT&T Invests in Illinois Infrastructure to Boost Network

August 07, 2019 / Zacks Equity

AT&T Inc. T recently announced that it has invested more than $7.2 billion in its Illinois wireless and wired networks during 2011-2018, in an attempt to strengthen its market dominance. With these planned investments, the telecom giant aims to enhance reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for consumers and business houses. In 2018, the company made 1,751 wireless network upgrades in Illinois. It added new cell sites and increased network capacity. The wireless carrier has improved critical services that support Public Safety and first responders using the FirstNet communications platform. Markedly, this platform has been built with AT&T in a public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority — an independent agency within the federal government. AT&T has also helped meet customers’ needs mostly in rural areas by participating in the FCC’s Connect America Fund.