Investing in Connection and Community Across Vermont

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

Investing in Connection and Community Across Vermont

Investing in our Communities 

In Vermont, we invested nearly $100 million in our network infrastructure from 2019-2023 to connect more people to greater possibility. 

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

  • More than $20 million for Burlington-South Burlington, VT 

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 Vermont. 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 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 Vermont, we’re connecting public safety agencies, first responders, and organizations in nearly 80 cities across the state, including Brattleboro, Burlington, Montpelier, Rutland and more.  
    • We’ve rolled out Band 14 on nearly 200 sites across Vermont 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 some highlights from the last year in Vermont: 

AT&T Bridging the Digital Divide in Burlington: In today’s rapidly evolving landscape, proficiency with technology has become an essential skill, bridging the gap between opportunities and limitations. The Boys and Girls Club of Burlington recognized that this digital divide can disproportionately affect youth from marginalized backgrounds. AT&T presented a donation of $10,000 to be used by the Burlington Boys and Girls Club to purchase essential technology tools, foster digital literacy, and empower young individuals to thrive in an increasingly technology-driven world. Read more. 

Distracted Driving Awareness: AT&T supported Vermont’s Distracted Driving Awareness Day, which took place in Burlington. AT&T representatives spoke at the event, alongside AOT Sec. Joe Flynn, AAA Northern New England, NHTSA, and the Vermont Highway Safety Alliance. Read more. 

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


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