Investing in Connection and Community Across Iowa

Cheryl Riley, President, AT&T Northern Plains
May 16, 2024
Community Impact

Investing in Connection and Community Across Iowa

Investing in our Communities 

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

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

  • More than $10 million in the Cedar Rapids area 
  • More than $35 million in the Davenport, Moline, Rock Island area (includes parts of Illinois)  
  • More than $80 million in the Des Moines, West Des Moines area 

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 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, including Iowa. 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.  
    • 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. 
    • For less densely populated areas like Greenfield and Red Oak, we’re expanding our 5G network so people there can have access to reliable connectivity. 
  • 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 Iowa, we’re connecting public safety agencies, first responders and organizations in more than 190 cities across the state, including Ames, Bettendorf, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Des Moines, Dubuque, Iowa City, Sioux City, Waterloo, and many others.
    • We’ve rolled out Band 14 on nearly 700 sites across Iowa 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. 

  • To help bridge the divide in Iowa, AT&T recently awarded a $30,000 contribution to the local Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates (iJAG). iJAG is using these funds to remove barriers such as the lack of computers and the need for digital literacy and employability skills for more than 7,200 students, grades 6-12, in 155 programs across more than 100 school districts.  

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


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