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Photo by: Greg Canfield, left, and AT&T’s Fred McCallum, rear
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AT&T investment in Alabama approaches $1.4 billion over three years

MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Alabama Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield congratulated AT&T here today as the company announced a nearly $1.4 billion investment in its Alabama wireless and wireline networks from 2010 through 2012.

“More and more as we recruit new business and industry to Alabama, wireless connectivity is a major factor,” Canfield said. “AT&T’s $1.4 billion investment over the past three years is a significant investment in the state, and I am happy that they are committed to continuing to invest across Alabama.  I am also proud to announce they are hiring more than 350 employees in Alabama.”

High speed Internet is essential for economic growth, job creation, and global competitiveness for companies in both urban and rural areas.

Today in Montgomery, the company announced plans to conduct a statewide tour to highlight how that investment will impact rural and urban areas all across Alabama.   This year so far LTE has been added to more than 350 sites.

This investment also means that AT&T is hiring in Alabama.  Currently there are over 350 jobs available in all areas of the state.  These jobs range from retail store employees to outside wire technicians.  More information on job openings can be found at att.jobs.

“While we are proud of our past investment, I am even more excited about our plans moving forward,” said Fred McCallum, president of AT&T Alabama.  “With our recently announced Project VIP, Alabama consumers stand to benefit from expanded wireless and wire line broadband. Our elected officials are to be commended for creating an atmosphere that allows this kind of investment to take place.”

The recently launched Project Velocity IP (VIP) is a three-year investment initiative to expand and enhance AT&T’s  wireless and wired IP broadband networks. As part of Project VIP, AT&T plans to increase the density of its wireless network by deploying more than 10,000 macro sites and more than 40,000 small cells.  Through this initiative, the company also plans to:

  • Expand 4G LTE to cover more than 300 million people by year-end 2014
  • Expand the AT&T wired IP broadband network to cover approximately 75 percent of customer locations in our wired service area by year-end 2015
  • Expand the AT&T fiber network to reach 1 million additional business locations by year-end 2015. AT&T Alabama regional announcements will be made across Alabama as new broadband investments come online.

Events will be held in The Shoals, Huntsville, Birmingham, Mobile, and rural areas such as Jackson and Brewton.

(Watch a Montgomery Advertiser video interview of McCallum on AT&T’s investment in Alabama.)

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