AT&T has invested more than $5 billion in Georgia wireless and wired networks from 2014-2016. These investments drive a wide range of upgrades to reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and businesses.
“In our increasingly connected world, this type of sustained and significant investment from the private sector is vital to ensuring that Georgia’s businesses and residents enjoy the connectivity they need,” states Governor Nathan Deal. “Investments like AT&Ts help keep Georgia at the forefront of the technology sector and are critical for us to continue to be the best state in the nation in which to do business. I look forward to working with the General Assembly to ensure that Georgia continues to welcome investments that will enhance our state’s future.”
The men and women of AT&T have turned these investments into connections that spur Georgia’s economy and keep up with growth. With more than 3.6 million strand miles of fiber-optics across the state, AT&T delivers ultra-fast internet powered by AT&T Fiber to more than 500,000 residential locations, provides more than 60,000 business locations with access to our fiber-optic network, and connects residents all across Georgia to our high-speed wireless networks that are being continually updated and enhanced – completing approximately 1,500 enhancements to our wireless network in 2016 alone.
These investments have laid the foundation for deployment of fixed-wireless internet across rural Georgia – bringing high-speed connectivity to many underserved or unserved areas of the state.
“Gov. Deal and legislative leaders have worked hard to create an environment that welcomes investment and innovation, and the significant investments AT&T is making, combined with the presence of more than 19,000 AT&T employees who call Georgia home, is evidence that the decisions being made by our elected leaders are strengthening Georgia’s economy,” said Bill Leahy, president of AT&T Georgia.
“The policies pursued and adopted by Governor Deal and other state leaders and by municipal leaders across the state have welcomed these kind of investments,” said Chris Clark, President & CEO, Georgia Chamber of Commerce. “But we must remember that the industry is rapidly changing, and we must continue to remove barriers to infrastructure deployment – to pave the way for small cell deployment and a 5G world – in order to ensure that businesses enjoy the type connectivity they need to be successful.”