Connecting Texas to Greater Possibility

Leslie Ward, President – AT&T Texas
June 16, 2023
Broadband Access and Affordability

Connecting Texas to Greater Possibility

Investing in our Communities

In Texas, we invested nearly $7.6 billion in our wireless and wireline network infrastructure from 2020-2022 to connect more people to greater possibility.

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

  • Nearly $25 million in Abilene
  • Nearly $70 million in Amarillo
  • Nearly $600 million in Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown
  • More than $50 million in Beaumont-Port Arthur
  • Nearly $90 million in Corpus Christi
  • More than $3.5 billion in Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington
  • More than $1.3 billion in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land
  • Nearly $70 million in Lubbock
  • Nearly $90 million in McAllen-Edinburg-Mission
  • Nearly $90 million in Midland
  • More than $4.7 million in Rio Grande City-Roma
  • Nearly $675 million in San Antonio-New Braunfels
  • More than $9.3 million in Texarkana
  • Nearly $20 million in Tyler
  • More than $35 million in Waco

We know how important it is for our customers to stay connected through life’s defining moments, whether you’re celebrating graduation from one of our 91 public and private colleges and universities, talking a stroll on the River Walk in San Antonio, touring the Capitol in Austin, enjoying the mountains in West Texas or vacationing on the Texas coast. 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 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 network1. With more than 15.9 million strand-miles of fiber optics in Texas, AT&T Fiber® is now available to over 4.2 million Texans across the state.
    • Beyond Texas, our fiber is available to 19.7 million consumer and more than 3 million business customer locations in 100+ U.S. metro areas.
    • 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 Network2, 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 Texas.
    • 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 the American Airlines Center, Dallas Love Field Airport and the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas; AT&T Dallas Stadium in Arlington; the Toyota Center and Minute Maid Park in Houston; and the AT&T Center in San Antonio.
    • For less densely populated areas like Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Frisco, Fredericksburg, Galveston, McAllen and Waco, 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 660 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 5,200 sites across Texas to provide public safety with truly dedicated coverage and capacity when they need it. Areas currently benefiting from Band 14 include major metro areas as well as smaller cities such as Beaumont-Port Arthur, McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Killeen-Temple, Lubbock, Brownsville-Harlingen, Waco and more.

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.3,4
  • AT&T is participating in the FCC’s Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) to help make broadband more affordable for millions of American households. In Texas, eligible households can apply the federal benefit to AT&T wireless plans with data, such as PREPAID5 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 Texas, we’ve opened four AT&T Connected Learning Centers, held 79 digital literacy workshops and distributed more than 7,300 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 Texas:

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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

2 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. 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.

3Plans 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.

4Limit of one ACP benefit per household.

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