AT&T customers and FirstNet subscribers in communities across Mississippi are experiencing a big boost in wireless connectivity. We’ve added dozens of new sites already this year to enhance coverage and help give residents and first responders faster, more reliable wireless service. These investments will help customers get the most out of their mobile devices.
“As we all continue to recognize the growing importance of connectivity in our daily lives, these type investments help us stay connected to the world around us, and they also help us remain competitive and make us more attractive to outside investment and job creation,” said Governor Tate Reeves. “While we all recognize that there is more work to be done to connect Mississippians, we applaud AT&T for doing that work.”
Without question, it is essential that our customers stay connected in today’s environment. That’s why we’re boosting network reliability and capacity as we expand our network. This helps residents in communities across Mississippi to get the best possible experience over the AT&T network wherever they live, work and play, including the following areas:
"We are committed to enhancing connectivity for businesses, residents and first responders in communities across Mississippi."Mayo Flynt — President, AT&T Mississippi
“We are committed to enhancing connectivity for businesses, residents and first responders in communities across Mississippi, and these network expansions are good examples of the work we’re accomplishing as a result of the hundreds of millions of dollars we’ve invested in Mississippi,” said Mayo Flynt, president, AT&T Mississippi.
These upgrades will also benefit public safety and first responders on FirstNet – public safety’s dedicated communications platform and give Mississippi’s first responders access to the nation’s fastest overall network experience.1 FirstNet is bringing public safety communications into the 21st century with new, innovative capabilities to help those users stay safe and save lives.
At many of these new locations, our enhancements also bring Band 14 spectrum to the areas. Band 14 is nationwide, high-quality spectrum set aside by the government specifically for FirstNet. We look at Band 14 as public safety’s VIP lane. In an emergency, this band – or lane – can be cleared and locked just for FirstNet subscribers. When not in use by FirstNet subscribers, AT&T customers can enjoy Band 14’s added coverage and capacity.
From 2017 to 2019, we invested nearly $750 million in our wireless and wired networks in Mississippi. These investments boost reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and their businesses.
1Based on AT&T analysis of Ookla® Speedtest Intelligence® data median download speeds for Q3 2020. Ookla trademarks used under license and reprinted with permission.