Investing in Connection and Community Across Kansas

Jim Jamison, President, AT&T Kansas & Tennessee
May 6, 2024
Community Impact

Investing in Connection and Community Across Kansas

Investing in our Communities

In Kansas we invested more than $1.1 billion in our network infrastructure from 2019-2023 to connect more people to greater possibility.

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

  • More than $850 million in the Kansas City metro area (including Missouri).
  • Nearly $225 million in the Topeka area.
  • Nearly $225 million in the Wichita 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.

“Broadband access is critical to the success of our students, businesses, and residents of Kansas. AT&T’s investment in our state creates more opportunities for more people across the state,” said State Rep. Leo Delperdang, Chairman, Kansas House Committee on Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications.

“Connectivity is a cornerstone of our Vision 2025 strategic plan for Kansas, helping to propel growth and enable businesses of all sizes to better compete regionally, nationally and globally. AT&T’s investment in its infrastructure in our state will help us realize our vision of creating opportunities and prosperity for all Kansans,” said Alan Cobb, President, Kansas Chamber of Commerce.

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 network. With more than 1.5 million fiber miles in Kansas, AT&T Fiber® is now available to more than 330,000 customer locations in 56 areas.
    • With nearly 87 million fiber strand miles in 21 states, AT&T Fiber® now passes 26M+ locations in more than 100 metros.
    • 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.
    • When public entities team up with trusted providers, more Americans are connected to greater opportunity. In Kansas, we’ve collaborated with localities to bring AT&T Fiber to more corners of the state.
  • 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 Kansas. 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 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 Kansas, we’re connecting public safety agencies and organizations in more than 110 communities across Kansas.
    • We’ve rolled out Band 14 on nearly 600 sites across Kansas 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 digital divide, AT&T and the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence teamed up to distribute 200 laptops to families and students to provide more access to the Internet and the myriad digital tools and opportunities available online. The laptops were provided thanks to an AT&T donation to Human I-T. The students also will have access to The Achievery, a free online learning platform created by AT&T to provide K-12 students with engaging and entertaining content paired with learning activities for everywhere today’s connected students learn.

Good news is always great to share. Here is a highlight from over the last year in Kansas: 

  • May 16, 2024 | AT&T Upgrades Wireless Network, Boosts Speeds in Riverton and Kansas City:  AT&T continues to its 5G network in Kansas, giving residents, first responders, businesses and visitors a big boost in their wireless connectivity.   A new site Riverton, Cherokee County, boosts coverage and capacity along U.S. Route 66 between SE 40th Street and SE 80th Street in Riverton and along Highway 400/Alt Route 60 between W. North 10 Street and SE Eldon Rd.  Another new site in Kansas City, Wyandotte County, boosts coverage and capacity along Polfer Road between North 123rd Street and North 131st Street.

To keep up with all the latest updates from AT&T Kansas, visit us at, follow us on X @ATTPublicPolicy and @ATTPolicyKS.

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