RALEIGH – In the quest to become North Carolina’s top wireless provider, AT&T sunk nearly $2 billion in building up the state’s wireless and wired networks, the firm revealed today.
Invested over a three-year period starting in 2016, the funds went towards boosting “reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and businesses.”
Among those: improving services that support Public Safety and first responders using the FirstNet communications platform; and helping customers in largely rural areas through participation in the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) Connect America Fund.
By the end of 2018, the company said it offered high-speed internet access to over 7,800 locations across North Carolina in mostly rural areas through technologies like Fixed Wireless Internet.
“North Carolina’s policymakers have, over many years, carefully and consistently built a public policy environment that encourages private investment,” Trey Rabon, president of AT&T North Carolina, said in a statement.