AT&T recently announced the activation of a new cell tower in Letcher County that will enhance coverage for area residents and businesses. The new tower at Evergreen Ridge in Whitesburg joins an existing tower at Arthur’s Loop at Isom to provide enhanced coverage along U.S. 119 and KY 15.
“Expanding our communication infrastructure is critical to this area,” said State Rep. Leslie Combs. “Consumers and businesses alike need and demand greater connectivity, and it sets the stage for more job creation. So, this expansion in Letcher County is good news for us all.”
The new cell site is one part of AT&T’s ongoing efforts to drive innovation and extend its mobile network.
“We continue to work aggressively to improve our network infrastructure throughout Kentucky to improve the quality of our services,” said Jim Thorpe, vice president and general manager for AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets in Kentucky and Tennessee. “We’re working to make this possible by adding new wireless coverage and offering exciting products to help our customers stay connected with their world, at home and on the go.”
In the first six months of this year, AT&T invested more than $80 million in its wireless and wireline networks to continue improving service for customers in Kentucky. Upgrades to the AT&T wireless network included new cell sites, expanded mobile broadband coverage and increased 3G capacity. The investment also included upgrades to the AT&T wireline infrastructure, such as expanded AT&T U-verse® services, additional AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots, and extended reach of broadband services.
AT&T’s mobile network is based on the Global System for Mobile (GSM) standard, the most open and widely used wireless network platforms in the world. AT&T off ers data roaming in 200 countries, as well as voice calling in more than 220 countries.
AT&T also owns and operates the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network with more than 23,000 hotspots in the U.S. and provides access to more than 125,000 hotspots globally through roaming agreements. Most AT&T smartphone customers get access to our U.S. Wi-Fi network at no additional cost, and Wi-Fi usage doesn’t count against customers’ monthly data plans.
“More than ever before, customers look to wireless communications to stay in touch with family, friends and business colleagues,” said David McFaddin, regional director, external affairs, AT&T Kentucky. “As part of the Letcher County community, we’re working to make this possible by adding new wireless coverage.”