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AT&T invests more than $950 million over three-year period to enhance local networks in Mississippi

JACKSON, MS (WDAM) -

This is a news release from AT&T Inc  

 AT&T* has invested more than $950 million in its best-in-class wireless and wired networks in Mississippi between 2012 through 2014, driving a wide range of upgrades to reliability, coverage, speed and performance for residents and business customers.

As part of its Project Velocity IP (VIP), an investment plan focused on network enhancement and expansion, AT&T in 2014 made 131 wireless network upgrades in Mississippi, including new cell sites, addition of network capacity, and new wireless high-speed Internet connections. 

"The way the world communicates has changed dramatically, and our citizens are quickly adopting improved technologies that will help our businesses, schools, medical professionals and public safety agencies communicate more efficiently and effectively," said Mayo Flynt, President, AT&T Mississippi.  "AT&T's continued investment in Mississippi brings a host of new, innovative opportunities for residents and businesses to connect with each other and their customers."

"From telehealth to e-commerce, job searches, academics and more, fast, reliable networks are an important resource for Mississippi," said Gov. Phil Bryant. "I appreciate AT&T's on-going investment to provide residents, businesses and institutions with the tools necessary to compete and grow."

AT&T provides the nation's most reliable 4G LTE network today, covering more than 300 million Americans with 4G LTE service.**  AT&T's network also has the nation's strongest LTE signal.***  During 2014, several markets in Mississippi were added to AT&T's extensive LTE network, including 389 sites in 80 of Mississippi's 82 counties. 

AT&T* was recently recognized by FORTUNE magazine as the Most Admired Telecommunications Company in the world in 2015. Additionally, FORTUNE ranked AT&T #47 among all companies in all industries in its list of the Top 50 Most Admired companies in the world. FORTUNE's Most Admired Companies lists are among the most highly respected indicators of corporate performance and reputation.

AT&T U-verse is delivered over AT&T's advanced IP network and includes AT&T U-verse High Speed Internet, AT&T U-verse TV, and AT&T U-verse Voice.****  AT&T U-verse TV customers enjoy Total Home DVR®, apps for entertainment on the go, and integrated features. AT&T recently received three Women's Choice Awards® as "America's Most Recommended Brand Among Women for Broadband, Television and Phone Service Provider."  Frost & Sullivan recognized AT&T for its leadership in high-speed Internet services with the 2015 North American Competitive Strategy and Innovation Leadership of the Year Award for Broadband, AT&T U-verse TV with the 2015 North American Company of the Year for Multichannel Video for its growth, innovation, and leadership, and the 2015 North American Company of the Year for Consumer Communication Services.

AT&T operates an extensive Wi-Fi network including more than 34,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots at popular restaurants, hotels, bookstores and retailers, and provides access to more than 1 million Hot Spots globally through roaming agreements. Most AT&T smartphone customers get access to our entire national Wi-Fi network at no additional cost, and Wi-Fi usage doesn't count against customers' monthly wireless data plans.*****

If the AT&T-DirecTV merger is approved by regulators, the combined companies will have an opportunity to redefine the video entertainment industry by delivering content to consumers across multiple screens – mobile devices, TVs, laptops, the backseat displays of connected cars, and even airplanes. AT&T has also committed to expand and enhance its deployment of both wireline and fixed wireless high-speed Internet to cover at least 15 million customer locations across 48 states – most of them in underserved rural areas.

For more information about AT&T's coverage in Mississippi or anywhere in the United States, consumers can visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer. For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please visit the AT&T network news page.

* 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.

** Reliability claim based on analysis of independent third party data re nationwide carriers' 4G LTE. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. 4G LTE not available everywhere.

***Claim based ONLY on avg LTE signal strength for national carriers

**** Geographic and service restrictions apply to AT&T U-verse services. Call or go to www.att.com/u-verse to see if you qualify.

*****A Wi-Fi enabled device is required.  Other restrictions apply.  See attwifi.com for details and locations.

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