Investing in Connection and Community Across Michigan

David Lewis – President, AT&T Michigan
April 25, 2024
Community Impact

Investing in Connection and Community Across Michigan

Investing in our Communities 

In Michigan, we invested more than $2.4 billion in our network infrastructure from 2019-2023 to connect more people to greater possibility. 

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

  • More than $1 billion in metro Detroit 
  • More than $250 million in Grand Rapids  
  • Nearly $100 million in Lansing  
  • Nearly $45 million in Flint  
  • Nearly $25 million in Saginaw 
  • Nearly $30 million in Jackson 

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.

  • 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 3 million fiber strand miles in Michigan, AT&T Fiber® is now available to more than 700,000 customer locations in 110 communities, including Ann Arbor, Battle Creek, Dearborn, Detroit, Farmington, Grand Rapids, Holland, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Midland, Port Huron, Saginaw, Southfield, and Troy, among other communities 
    • 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. 
  • 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 Michigan. 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 Grand Marais, South Haven and Mackinac Island, 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 Michigan, we’re connecting public safety agencies and organizations in nearly 360 cities across the state, including Ann Arbor, Battle Creek, Detroit, Farmington, Grand Rapids, Holland, Iron Mountain, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Marquette, Portage, Saint Clair, and Traverse City.  
    • We’ve rolled out Band 14 on more than 1,700 sites across Michigan 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 in Detroit, AT&T has opened two AT&T Connected Learning Centers in the city inside SER-Metro Detroit and Jefferson East, Inc. The centers provide students and families with access to resources like high-speed AT&T Fiber internet, Wi-Fi, computers, and free education resources.  

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

  • March 27, 2024 | AT&T Helping Kalamazoo Organizations Bridge the Digital Divide for Families and Students. Learn more.
  • March 26, 2024 | AT&T Fiber Broadband Now Available to More People in Michigan. Learn more. 
  • February 8, 2024 | Connecting Students to Greater Possibilities Through Tech Showcase. Learn more.
  • December 11, 2023 | AT&T, Human-I-T Donate 100 Laptops to Rescue Ministries of Mid-Michigan in Saginaw. Learn more. 
  • December 3, 2023 | AT&T, Human-I-T Give Laptops to Disabled People Experiencing Digital Barriers in Troy. Learn more.
  • December 1, 2023 | AT&T Provides Free Laptops to Genesee County Residents Served by The Disability Network in Flint. Learn more.
  • November 28, 2023 | Such a Blessing: A Conversation with Monique Holliday. Learn more. 
  • October 23, 2023 | Laptops for Detroit Families. Learn more.
  • April 4, 2023 | Helping Detroit-Area Seniors Build Confidence Online. Learn more. 
  • Feb. 1, 2023 | A Beacon of Hope in the Effort to Help Bridge the Digital Divide. Learn more. 

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

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