Connecting California to Greater Possibility

Marc Blakeman, President, AT&T California and Pacific States
June 21, 2023

Connecting California to Greater Possibility

Investing in our Communities

Across the Golden State, AT&T is investing in our networks, providing affordable high-speed internet and connecting Californians to greater possibility. In California, we invested nearly $8.6 billion in our wireless and wireline network infrastructure from 2020-2022.

AT&T is committed to keeping our California customers, first responders and communities connected – both through investing in our modern, high-speed broadband networks and in working with state and local governments to efficiently build out broadband networks to help bridge the digital divide.

As California continues to be the global leader in technological innovation and technology, the need for connectivity has never been more in demand or more critical to our day-to-day lives.  By continuing to invest in our network, we are helping Californians have access to the reliable, highly secure, high-speed broadband they need.

Cities and communities throughout California are seeing the impacts of this investment and the latest technologies like fiber, including:

  • More than $2.5 billion in the greater Los Angeles Region
  • Nearly $1.7 billion in the Bay Area (San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, San Jose/Silicon Valley Region)
  • Nearly $675 million in San Diego and Imperial Counties
  • Nearly $600 million in the Sacramento Valley Region (Chico, Redding, Sacramento)
  • Nearly $500 million in the Inland Empire (Riverside, Ontario, San Bernardino)
  • More than $475 million in the Central Valley (Bakersfield, Fresno, Modesto, Stockton)

We know how important it is for our customers to stay connected through life’s defining moments, whether you’re celebrating with friends and family, learning online, working remotely or creating or sharing. That’s why we’re focused on boosting network reliability and capacity as we expand our network. We’re working to help residents get the best possible AT&T experience across the State.

AT&T is committed to expanding connectivity, so our investment focuses on all facets of the network —including fiber, 5G and FirstNet,® Built with AT&T.

  • Expanding Access to Fiber: To help meet the demands for reliable, high-speed connections today – and in the future – we’re investing in our fiber network.1 With nearly 10 million strand-miles of fiber optics in California, AT&T Fiber®is now available to over 2.9 million customer locations across the state.
    • Nationwide, our fiber is available to 19.7 million consumer and more than 3 million business customer locations in 100+ U.S. metro areas.2
    • AT&T Fiber provides speed, reliability and value for consumers and businesses to enhance their internet experience for applications like video conferencing, virtual learning, telehealth, gaming and more.
  • Unlocking the Power of 5G: AT&T is America’s Most Reliable 5G Network3, connecting hundreds of millions of Americans to what matters most to them.
    • From rural communities to urban areas, our overall wireless voice and data network covers more than 99% of all Americans4, including California.
    • We’re working with businesses from manufacturing to healthcare to create new innovations and increase efficiencies with AT&T 5G.
    • We’re ramping up performance in high traffic areas, such as airports, stadiums and venues, like Chase Center and Oracle Park in San Francisco, Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, SoFi Stadium, LA Convention Center, Dodger Stadium and LAX in Los Angeles.
    • For less densely populated areas like Redding, Lincoln, Woodland, Turlock, Watsonville, Pala Mesa and Poway, we’re expanding our 5G network so people there can have access to reliable connectivity.
  • Supporting First Responders by Expanding the Nation’s Public Safety Network: As America’s public safety communications partner, we’re giving more of the public safety community access to their network. With FirstNet, we’re helping connect first responders in more than 475 communities across the state.
    • FirstNet includes unique benefits for first responders like always-on priority and preemption, high-quality Band 14 spectrum and a one-of-a-kind 5G experience to keep public safety mission ready.
    • We’ve rolled out Band 14 on more than 5,700 sites across California to provide public safety with truly dedicated coverage and capacity when they need it. Areas currently benefiting from Band 14 include Imperial, Mendocino, El Dorado, Tehama, Mono and Madera Counties.

At AT&T, we believe every American should be connected to the internet and we’re working with governments and non-profit organizations to make it happen. We’re on track to deliver on our $2B commitment between 2021-2023 to help bridge the digital divide and tackle barriers to broadband access, adoption and affordability.

  • We’re committed to providing affordable service for low-income households. The Access from AT&T plan– when combined with the federal Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) – can provide no-cost home internet service for eligible households.5,6
  • We created AT&T Connected Learning to invest in digital inclusion, digital literacy and digital learning solutions to help today’s students and their families succeed wherever they learn – at home, in the community and in the classroom.
  • With 23 Connected Learning Centers already open across the U.S., we’ve announced plans to reach 50 total centers nationwide, including at Boys & Girls Clubs.
  • In California, we’ve opened 5 AT&T Connected Learning Centers and held 37 digital literacy workshops as part of our commitment to help bridge the digital divide.

Good news is always great to share. Here are a few highlights from the last year in California:

  • March 2023 | Continuing to Help Bridge the Digital Divide through Device Distributions. AT&T is committed to advancing digital equity across the state and will continue to invest in community programs and services that expand broadband access. In California, we continue to focus on AT&T’s goal of providing 1 million people in need with digital resources, including our $10M commitment that will help close the gap by providing students and families with computers. Already this year, more than 1,250 free laptops were given to students and families through our collaboration with community-based organizations throughout the state, including BAYCAT and 826 Valencia, Mission Bit, The Village Project, Community Coalition of South Los Angeles, Concerned Black Men of Los Angeles and The RightWay Foundation. Learn more.
  • February 2023 | Connecting California Tribal Communities to the Digital World. We celebrated the opening of a new AT&T Connected Learning Center, our 5th in California, on the tribal lands of the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians, located in the northeastern corner of San Diego County. The center gives families access to free internet connectivity, computers, digital tools and educational content to help them participate in online learning, apply for jobs and set them up for future success. The center fills a gap as Rincon Tribe students and families have limited access to both the internet and computers outside of school and work. Learn more.
  • December 2022 | California’s First Responders Increasing Choose FirstNet. This year marks the sixth anniversary of California’s work with FirstNet, the nation’s only high-speed broadband communications platform dedicated to and purpose-built for America’s first responders and the extended public safety community – providing first responders with reliable connectivity every day and during emergencies. In 2022, the Los Angeles Police Department, Calexico PD, City of San Jose, Inglewood PD and numerous state and local agencies responding to wildfires relied on FirstNet to help first responders connect to the critical information they need. We’re also working alongside Cal OES, which is leading the way for public safety across California by outfitting all its emergency response vehicles with FirstNet technology.

To keep up with all the latest updates from AT&T California, follow us on Twitter @ATTPublicPolicy and @ATTPolicyCA and on LinkedIn.

1Internet speed claims represent maximum wired network service capability speeds to the home & recommended setup. Actual customer speeds are not guaranteed. Single device wired speed maximum 4.7Gbps. For more info go to

2As of the end of the first quarter 2023 on March 31, 2023.

3Based on nationwide GWS drive test data. GWS conducts paid drive tests for AT&T and uses the data in its analysis. AT&T 5G requires compatible plan and device. 5G not available everywhere. Visit for details.

4Based on overall coverage in the U.S. Coverage not avail. everywhere.

5Plans up to 100Mbps. Limited availability/areas. Free internet subject to household’s continued ACP eligibility and application of the ACP benefit to Access from AT&T plans.

6Limit of one ACP benefit per household.

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