Thursday, July 18, 2024

AT&T Expands Services in Shreveport and Announces Major Investment in Bossier City

by BIZ Magazine

Shreveport, LA – June 10, 2024 – AT&T has announced a significant expansion of its services in Shreveport, including the launch of new 5G network enhancements and substantial investments in the region’s infrastructure. The telecommunications giant revealed its latest initiatives aimed at boosting connectivity and bridging the digital divide across Louisiana.

Major Investments in Louisiana

From 2019 to 2023, AT&T invested nearly $2.1 billion in network infrastructure across Louisiana. This investment has significantly impacted various regions, including:

  • Shreveport-Bossier City: Over $150 million
  • Acadiana Region (Lafayette): Over $130 million
  • Greater New Orleans-Metairie Area: Over $575 million

Expanding 5G Network in Shreveport

AT&T has expanded its 5G network in Shreveport, providing residents, businesses, and visitors with enhanced wireless connectivity. A new cell tower along Cadillac Street will boost coverage and capacity, improving access to mobile internet.

“In the Legislature, we work every day to expand broadband investments across the state that will help individuals, families and businesses connect to the online tools they need to thrive in today’s digital world,” said State Senator Sam Jenkins. “This network expansion in Shreveport is an excellent example of how building a welcoming environment for private investment can help bring opportunities to all Louisianans.”

Commitment to Digital Infrastructure

Governor Jeff Landry praised AT&T’s investment, emphasizing the importance of connectivity for Louisiana’s future. “Ensuring every Louisianan has access to high-speed broadband is a priority of my administration,” said Landry. “With investments like this and cooperation between public and private sectors, we will connect Louisiana families to the promise of a brighter future.”

Senate President Cameron Henry highlighted the economic and educational advancements facilitated by this investment. “This substantial investment in Louisiana’s digital infrastructure is a critical step toward closing the digital divide in our state,” said Henry.

FirstNet and Public Safety

AT&T is also expanding and enhancing FirstNet, a dedicated network for first responders. The company has rolled out Band 14 on nearly 1,400 sites across Louisiana, providing dedicated coverage and capacity for public safety agencies. This includes setting up FirstNet sites across the country, with a recent $6.3 billion investment to deliver a standalone FirstNet 5G core.

Bridging the Digital Divide

In addition to network enhancements, AT&T has committed an additional $3 billion by 2030 to help close the digital divide, bringing its total commitment to $5 billion since 2021. This includes initiatives like providing 200 free laptops to families and students in New Orleans through a partnership with Human-I-T and the Zulu Foundation.

Future Prospects

David Aubrey, president of AT&T Louisiana, expressed the company’s commitment to providing top-tier connectivity. “We know how important it is for our customers to stay connected,” said Aubrey. “And AT&T 5G brings fast, reliable, and secure connectivity to more than 290 million people in over 24,000 cities and towns nationwide. This helps Louisiana residents and businesses get the best possible experience over the AT&T network wherever they live, work, and play.”

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