Connecting Oregon to Greater Possibility

Amir Johnson, Director of External Affairs – Oregon
July 17, 2023

Connecting Oregon to Greater Possibility

In Oregon, we’ve invested nearly $350 million in our wireless network infrastructure from 2020-2022 to connect more people to greater possibility.

Cities and communities throughout Oregon are seeing the impacts of this investment, including more than $200 million in the Portland-metro area that has produced more widespread, faster, and up-to-date cellular coverage.

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.

“Public and private sector partnership is essential in continuing to attract new jobs and spark groundbreaking innovation that we’re known for in Oregon,” said Skip Newberry, President and CEO of the Technology Association of Oregon. “Companies like AT&T have made connection possible for so many of Oregon’s tech entrepreneurs to stay plugged in to the marketplace to grow their businesses and reach potential customers around the globe. State of the art wireless technology has been essential in helping business leaders have their virtual office wherever they are in state and is vital to growing Oregon’s tech sector at every level.”

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 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 Oregonians.
    • 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, like airports, stadiums, and venues, such as the Moda Center in Portland.
    • For less densely populated areas, 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 to connect public safety agencies and organizations in more than 130 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 700 sites across Oregon to provide public safety with truly dedicated coverage and capacity when they need it. Areas currently benefiting from Band 14 include Portland and Eugene as well as Clatsop, Hood River, Umatilla, Lincoln and Crook 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.

  • AT&T is participating in the FCC’s Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) to help make broadband more affordable for millions of American households. In Oregon, eligible households can apply the federal benefit to AT&T wireless plans with data, such as PREPAID2,3 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 22 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 Oregon, we’ve held 16 digital literacy workshops and distributed 200 computers 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 Oregon:

  • February 2022 | AT&T Employees assembled over 1,000 backpacks full of food and handwritten letters to help fight weekend food scarcities among youth.
  • September 2022 | AT&T Contributed a total of $21,000 towards the salaries of High School Coordinators who manage and oversee mentorship towards students who have lack of internet at home in the College Possible program.
  • October 2022 | AT&T Donated $20,000 to support technology centers and local youth community centers across Portland in partnership with the area Boys & Girls Club.

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 Plans 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.

3 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

We help more than 100 million U.S. families, friends and neighbors, plus nearly 2.5 million businesses, connect to greater possibility. From the first phone call 140+ years ago to our 5G wireless and multi-gig internet offerings today, we @ATT innovate to improve lives. For more information about AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T), please visit us at Investors can learn more at