Investing in Connection and Community Across Texas

Leslie Ward, President – AT&T Texas
April 24, 2024
Community Impact

Investing in Connection and Community Across Texas

Investing in our Communities

In Texas, we invested more than $12.6 billion in our network infrastructure from 2019-2023 to connect more people to greater possibility.

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

  • More than $45 million in Abilene, TX
  • Nearly $120 million in Amarillo, TX
  • More than $950 million in Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown, TX
  • More than $15 million in Bay City, TX
  • Nearly $110 million in Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX
  • More than $80 million in Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
  • More than $35 million in College Station-Bryan, TX
  • Nearly $150 million in Corpus Christi, TX
  • More than $2.0 billion in the City of Dallas
  • Nearly $3.9 billion in Dallas County
  • More than $5.9 billion in Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX
  • More than $8.2 million in Del Rio, TX
  • Nearly $225 million in El Paso, TX
  • More than $2.1 billion in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
  • More than $60 million in Laredo, TX
  • More than $50 million in Longview, TX
  • Nearly $130 million in Lubbock, TX
  • Nearly $150 million in McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
  • Nearly $140 million in Midland, TX
  • Nearly $25 million in Nacogdoches, TX
  • Nearly $70 million in Odessa, TX
  • More than $9.6 million in Rio Grande City-Roma, TX
  • More than $10 million in San Angelo, TX
  • Nearly $1.1 billion in San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
  • More than $20 million in Sherman-Denison, TX
  • Nearly $40 million in Tyler, TX
  • More than $8.0 million in Uvalde, TX
  • More than $70 million in Waco, TX
  • More than $25 million in Wichita Falls, TX

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 17.6 million fiber strand miles in Texas, AT&T Fiber® is now available to more than 4.7 million customer locations in cities such as Angleton, Harlingen, Midlothian, Waxahachie and Victoria.
    • With nearly 87 million fiber strand miles in 21 states, 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 Texas, we’ve collaborated with localities to bring AT&T Fiber to more corners of the state, including:
      • Amarillo, Texas
      • San Antonio, Texas
  • 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. 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 Minute Maid Park in Houston and Austin Bergstrom Airport in Austin.
    • For less densely populated areas like Killeen and Victoria, 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 Texas, we’re connecting public safety agencies and organizations in nearly 780 cities across the state, including Borger, Eagle Pass, Fort Worth, Monahans, Rockport and Tyler.
    • We’ve rolled out Band 14 on more than 5,500 sites across Texas 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.

  • Supported more than 210 digital literacy workshops in Texas to help parents and families build skills and confidence using technology
  • Opened 8 AT&T Connected Learning Centers in Texas to provide access to high-speed internet, computers and education resources
  • Distributed more than 12,000 computers to students and their families across Texas

Good news is always great to share. Here are a few highlights from this year in Texas:

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