Connecting Minnesota to Greater Possibility

Paul Weirtz — President, AT&T Minnesota
July 7, 2023

Connecting Minnesota to Greater Possibility

Investing in our Communities

In Minnesota, we invested nearly $450 million in our wireless and wireline network infrastructure from 2020-2022 to connect more people to greater possibility.

Cities and communities throughout Minnesota are seeing the impacts of this investment, including:

  • Nearly $275 million in the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington metro.

We know how important it is for our customers to stay connected through life’s defining moments. 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 wherever they live, work and play.

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

  • Unlocking the Power of 5G: AT&T is America’s Most Reliable 5G Network,1 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 Americans, including Minnesota.2
    • 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, including airports, stadiums and venues, including Target Center and U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis and Allianz Field in St. Paul.
    • AT&T 5G is now available in communities across Minnesota, including Austin, Bemidji, Brainerd, Duluth, Grand Rapids, Mankato, Minneapolis, Montevideo, Owatonna, Rochester, St. Cloud, St. Paul, Thief River Falls, and Worthington, among others.
  • 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 225 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 850 sites across Minnesota to provide public safety with truly dedicated coverage and capacity when they need it. Areas currently benefiting from Band 14 include Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth, St. Cloud, Chippewa County, Kittson County, Lake County, Hubbard County, Wilkin County, Lac qui Parle County, Goodhue County, and Le Sueur County.

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.

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

  • May 14, 2023 | AT&T boosts network speeds for Hampton. Learn more.
  • May 8, 2023 | AT&T boosts network speeds across Minnesota. Learn more.
  • January 31, 2023 | AT&T boosts network speeds in 10 communities across Minnesota. Learn more.
  • December 14, 2022 | New FirstNet cell site launches in Grand Rapids to support first responders. Learn more.
  • November 11, 2022 | Helping bridge the digital divide in Minnesota. Learn more.
  • October 25, 2022 | Austin Aspires program gets $15,000 grant from AT&T. Learn more.
  • October 20, 2022 | Boys & Girls Club of the Northland receives $15,000 grant from AT&T Foundation. Learn more.
  • October 5, 2022 | YWCA Mankato receives grant from AT&T Foundation. Learn more.
  • September 27, 2022 | AT&T awards grant to “close the digital divide” in Rochester. Learn more.
  • September 22, 2022 | AT&T boosts network speeds for Princeton and Milaca. Learn more.
  • September 21, 2022 | New FirstNet cell tower north of Ely now operational. Learn more.
  • July 7, 2022 | FirstNet’s dedicated wireless network proves useful in spring flooding in Beltrami County. Learn more.
  • February 4, 2022 | New cell towers benefit emergency responders in SE Minnesota. Learn more.

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

1 Based 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.

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

3 Limit of one ACP benefit per household.

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