Investing in Connection and Community Across Alaska

Elizabeth Songvilay, Director of External and Legislative Affairs, AT&T Alaska
May 2, 2024
Community Impact

Investing in Connection and Community Across Alaska

Investing in our Communities 

In Alaska, we invested nearly $250 million in our network infrastructure from 2019-2023 to connect more people to greater possibility. 

We understand how a connection can make the difference. That’s why our mission is to bring connectivity to everyone, no matter where they live or where they come from. We’re working to not only boost network reliability and capacity but also expand broadband nationwide to help bridge the digital divide. 

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

  • Unlocking the Power of 5G: From rural communities to urban areas, our overall wireless voice and data network covers more than 99% of all Americans. Our 5G network today reaches more than 295 million people in more than 24,500 cities and towns across the U.S. with our mid-band spectrum available nationwide, covering more than 210 million people.  
  • Giving First Responders the Reliable Connectivity they Need: As America’s public safety communication partner, we are expanding and enhancing FirstNet to give the public safety community better access to their network. Setting the stage for first responder innovation over the next 10 years, the FirstNet Authority announced a series of strategic investments totaling more than $8 billion into FirstNet. The latest network investment of $6.3 billion will enable AT&T to deliver a standalone FirstNet 5G core, provide always-on priority and preemption across all AT&T 5G commercial spectrum bands and build 1,000 new FirstNet sites across the country over the next two years.  
    • In Alaska, we’re connecting public safety agencies and organizations in communities throughout the state.  
    • We’ve rolled out Band 14 on more than 250 sites across Alaska to provide public safety with truly dedicated coverage and capacity when they need it.

And, we’re not just investing in our network, we’re also investing in our communities. AT&T recently announced it’s committing an additional $3 billion by 2030 to help close the digital divide, bringing the company’s total commitment to $5 billion since 2021. 

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

2023 | AT&T contributed $29,000 to the Prince William Sound Science Center to increase digital literacy and digital success. The funds supported digital literacy devices and courses at the Cordova Public Library, environmental science educational programs, and interactive displays for the Science Center facility. Learn more. 

June 2023 | When an undersea cable off coastal Alaska was cut by sea ice, impacting cell service for FirstNet-subscribed agencies and thousands of Alaskans, the FirstNet ROG teams sprang into immediate action to ensure safety and restore connectivity. Learn more. 

August 2023 | To underscore our commitment to bridge the digital divide in Alaska, AT&T provided 100 refurbished laptops to refugee families enrolled in Catholic Social Services Refugee Assistance and Immigration Services (RAIS) program. Learn more. 

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


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