Investing in Connection and Community Across Massachusetts

John Emra, President – AT&T Atlantic Region
May 2, 2024
Community Impact

Investing in Connection and Community Across Massachusetts

Investing in our Communities 

In Massachusetts, we invested more than $900 million in our network infrastructure from 2019-2023 to connect more people to greater possibility. 

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

  • Nearly $650 million in Boston-Cambridge-Newton 
  • Nearly $50 million in Springfield 
  • Nearly $150 million in Worcester

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, including Massachusetts. 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, including: 
      • Boston Logan Airport 
      • TD Garden 
      • Gillette Stadium 
    • For other areas like Worcester, 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 Massachusetts, we’re connecting public safety agencies, first responders and organizations in nearly 270 cities across the state, including Boston, Fall River, Pittsfield, Quincy, Salem, Springfield, Worcester and more.  
    • We’ve rolled out Band 14 on more than 950 sites across Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts: 

February 2023 | We surprised teens at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston with 250 laptops during an AT&T-sponsored career fair. And a few months later, AT&T Atlantic Region President joined the BGCB President Robert Lewis to coauthor an op-ed about the importance of closing the digital divide for teens entering the workforce. Learn more.  

October 2023 | Last Fall, we worked with Lowell nonprofit Project LEARN to similarly surprise hundreds of local career-bound teens with free laptops. We hosted a digital equity career fair that also brought workshops, networking and more to these amazing students. Learn more. 

June 2023 | Our friend Vincent Borello, President of the Springfield Boys & Girls Club, penned an op-ed in 2023 about the digital divide, summer learning loss and the need for corporate collaboration. He cited his organization’s work with AT&T to help bring devices and digital learning to students in Springfield. Read more. 

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


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