Investing in Connection and Community Across Tennessee

Jim Jamison – President, AT&T Tennessee
May 21, 2024
Community Impact

Investing in Connection and Community Across Tennessee

Investing in our Communities 

In Tennessee, we invested nearly $2.3 billion in our network infrastructure from 2019-2023 to connect more people to greater possibility. 

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

  • More than $250 million in the Knoxville area 
  • More than $450 million in the Memphis area (includes parts of Mississippi and Arkansas) 
  • More than $800 million in the Nashville, Davidson, Murfreesboro and Franklin 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 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 4.2 million strand-miles of fiber optics in Tennessee, AT&T Fiber® is now available to more than 970,000 customer locations in 80 cities across Tennessee including Chattanooga, Jackson, Knoxville, Memphis, and Nashville. 
    • 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 Tennessee. 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 Nissan Stadium and the Nashville International Airport. 
    • For less densely populated areas like rural communities in Blount and Decatur counties, 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 Tennessee, we’re connecting public safety agencies and organizations in more than 240 cities across the state, including Bartlett, Chattanooga, Clarksville, Collierville, Franklin, Hendersonville, Jackson, Johnson City, Kingsport, Knoxville, Memphis, Murfreesboro, Nashville, Smyrna, and Spring Hill.  
    • We’ve rolled out Band 14 on more than 1,400 sites across Tennessee 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 Nashville, AT&T recently teamed up with Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee (BGCMT) to open an AT&T Connected Learning Center for families and students served by BGCMT’s Preston Taylor Club. Read more. 

Good news is always great to share. Here’s another recent highlight from Tennessee: 

  • April 12, 2024 | AT&T Fiber Broadband Now Available to More People in Tennessee. Learn more. 

To keep up with all the latest updates from AT&T Tennessee, follow us on Twitter at @ATTPolicyTN or at  


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*About AT&T  

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