Connecting New York to Greater Possibility

John Emra, President – AT&T Atlantic Region
May 25, 2023

Connecting New York to Greater Possibility

Investing in our Communities

In New York, we invested nearly $1.7 billion in our wireless and wireline network infrastructure from 2020-2022 to connect more people to greater possibility.

We know how important it is for our customers to stay connected through life’s defining moments, whether you’re celebrating or grieving, learning or working, 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 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.

  • Expanding Access to Fiber: Through a recently closed joint venture with BlackRock, we plan to serve customers outside of AT&T’s traditional 21-state wireline service footprint through Gigapower.
    • Gigapower plans to provide a state-of-the-art fiber network to internet service providers and other businesses in parts of select metro areas throughout the country using a commercial wholesale open access platform.
  • Unlocking the Power of 5G: AT&T is America’s Most Reliable 5G Network1, 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 New York.
    • 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 Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, Barclay Center in Brooklyn, USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens and Highmark Stadium in Buffalo.
    • For less densely populated and rural areas across the Empire State we’re constantly 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 440 communities across the state.
    • FirstNet includes unique benefits like always-on priority and, for first responders, 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 3,200 sites across New York to provide public safety with truly dedicated coverage and capacity when they need it.

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.

  • AT&T is participating in the FCC’s Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) to help make broadband more affordable for millions of American households. In New York, eligible households can apply the federal benefit to AT&T wireless plans with data, such as PREPAID4 and Cricket Wireless.”
  • 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 New York, we’ve opened 4 AT&T Digital Learning Labs, supported more than 15 free digital educational programs with leading nonprofits, held 106 digital literacy workshops, and distributed more than 2,700 computers and counting to students and their families 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 New York:

  • AT&T Launches four new Digital Learning Labs to help bridge the digital divide in communities across the Empire State. Learn more about the AT&T Digital Learning Labs in Buffalo, Rochester, Capital Region and Westchester County
  • AT&T teams up with NYC Mayor Adams to provide more than 2,500 laptops to New York City’s most vulnerable families. Learn more.
  • FirstNet, Built with AT&T collaborates with the New York State Sheriffs Association to launch an innovative, statewide health and wellness program available to all 58 County Sheriff’s Offices in New York. Learn more.
  • AT&T is working to bridge the digital divide across NY through digital literacy, device access and digital equity. Learn more.

To keep up with all the latest updates from AT&T New York, follow us on Twitter @ATTPublicPolicy and @MobilizeNY.

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.

2 Limit of one ACP benefit per household

*AT&T 5G requires compatible plan and device. 5G not available everywhere. 5G+ is offered in limited locations in specific cities. Wireless technology varies by device. Go to for details.

*FirstNet and the FirstNet logo are registered trademarks and service marks of the First Responder Network Authority. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.

*About AT&T

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