AT&T Answers the Need for Speed in Morgantown
Nation’s Fastest 3G Network Delivers Powerful Broadband Wireless Access to Advanced Products, Services, Applications.
To address the growing demand for advanced wireless data products and services, AT&T* today announced the launch of its third generation (3G) mobile broadband network to the Morgantown area. Consumers and business users can now enjoy fast, reliable wireless coverage in Morgantown, including the historic downtown business district, Hart Field, West Virginia University campus, Pines Country Club and the Wharf District. Some of the neighborhoods that will see increased data speed are Chestnut Ridge, Easton, Evansdale, Fieldcrest, The Flatts, the Mileground, Sabraton, South Hills and Westover.
Now that AT&T’s initial launch is underway and 3G service is turned on to cell sites around the area, AT&T engineers will continue testing and optimizing the network and will add new sites over the next several weeks to increase coverage and enhance 3G performance even further.
“Advanced wireless services keep people linked to the world around them, to news and information, to jobs and family – they connect us with far-reaching opportunities and keep us up-to-date in our daily lives and local economy,” said Senator Jay Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. “Our communities deserve the very best available technology in order to drive and sustain West Virginia’s economic growth. As we keep up the fight to improve broadband access all over West Virginia, this move by AT&T is an important and long-term investment for wireless customers in Morgantown that should absolutely be applauded.”
“AT&T’s investment in 3G technology to enhance the wireless network is a positive development for the Morgantown area,” said State Sen. Mike Oliverio (D-Monongalia). “It is an encouraging sign of AT&T’s ongoing commitment to making new and better technologies available to drive growth and vibrancy in our communities"
The launch is part of AT&T’s continual efforts to expand the reach and capacity of its 3G network - the nation’s fastest, according to data compiled by leading independent wireless research firms - and complements the existing 3G network in Charleston, Huntington and Logan.
“Our ongoing investments in West Virginia will help us ensure that our state has access to the advanced wireless broadband services that help drive economic growth,” said J. Michael Schweder, President, AT&T Mid-Atlantic Region.
As people’s lives become increasingly mobile and fast-paced, access to the 3G wireless network lets customers surf the Web, download files faster, and experience the very latest interactive mobile applications. From 2006-2008, AT&T’s total capital investment in West Virginia was more than $75 million. AT&T continues to invest billions nationwide to build the advanced broadband networks – both wired and wireless – that will create jobs and fuel economic growth.
Recently, AT&T announced plans to upgrade its 3G network nationwide to deliver considerably faster mobile broadband speeds. The network upgrades are slated to begin later this year, with completion expected in 2011.
“Demand is growing for services such as sharing videos and photos with friends, watching a movie, checking the latest scores, or listening to music on a mobile device or laptop computer while on the go,” said Larry Evans, vice president and general manager, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets.
Across the U.S., AT&T’s 3G network is available in more than 350 major metropolitan areas.For more information about AT&T’s 3G coverage in West Virginia or anywhere in the United States, consumers can go to http://www.wireless.att.com/coverageviewer/. The online tool can measure the quality of coverage based on a street address, intersection, ZIP code or even a landmark.
*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.
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