The Latest on Expanding Connectivity in Pennsylvania

David Kerr, President – AT&T Pennsylvania
March 14, 2022
Broadband Access and Affordability, Public Safety

The Latest on Expanding Connectivity in Pennsylvania

What’s New?

  • March 14, 2023 | AT&T Helps Reading YMCA Tackle Digital Divide: As part of AT&T’s nationwide commitment to help bridge the digital divide, AT&T contributed $5,000 to the Reading Branch of YMCA to better connect the children, families and others served by the organization to digital resources. The support enabled the YMCA to purchase tablets, printers, and smart televisions to enable individuals to sharpen their digital skills, and access the Internet for education, telehealth, job search and more.
    • “In one simple act you have made a huge difference. We want to thank AT&T for their generous support to the YMCA’s Housing program.” – Gena Pina, Director of Social Service
    • “It was an act of kindness, and it really shows how much they care about the needs of the community.” Ryan Herrera, Executive Director of Social Service for the YMCA
    • “The pandemic heightened the challenges faced by children, families and other adults who lacked the connectivity and resources to learn remotely; search for work; boost their technological literacy; and otherwise stay connected to society, with under-resourced communities hit particularly hard. AT&T is proud to team up with the YMCA in Reading to help provide these important digital resources for the individuals they serve every day.” – La Tara Harris, director of External Affairs for AT&T in Pennsylvania.
  • March 2, 2023 | AT&T Turns on More New 5G Sites Across Pennsylvania : AT&T* continues its 5G network expansion in Pennsylvania, giving residents, businesses and visitors a big boost in their wireless connectivity. We recently added mobile broadband sites throughout Pennsylvania to enhance the coverage and capacity and help customers unlock the power of America’s Most Reliable 5G Network. The new sites are in the following communities:
    • Allegheny County: A new site will improve coverage and capacity in Russellton, along Little Deer Creek Rd. and around Deer Lakes Park.
    • Bedford County: A new site improves coverage and capacity in Alum Bank and along SR-56 and SR-96.
    • Berks County: We recently added new mobile broadband sites in Topton and in French Creek State Park to boost coverage and capacity for customers in the area.
    • Erie County: A new site will improve coverage and capacity in Erie along US-20 (E 26th St), SR-290 (Bayfront Connector) and Buffalo Rd.
    • Franklin County: A new mobile broadband site in Greencastle around Ripley and Marbury.
    • Lancaster County: A new site in Roseville will improve coverage and capacity around the Intersection of Routes 222 and 30 and near Mosser Village.
    • Lawrence County: A new site will improve coverage and capacity in northern New Castle between Wilmington Rd. (SR-18) and Highland Ave.
    • Lebanon County: A new site will enhance coverage North of Myerstown, Lebanon County, off Route 422.
    • Lehigh County: A new site in Allentown will enhance the coverage and capacity for customers in Mosser Village.
    • York County: A new site will boost coverage and capacity in Nashville.
    • “At AT&T, we’re continuing to invest in our mobile broadband network in counties and communities across the Commonwealth to make connections easier for residents, visitors, businesses and first responders throughout Pennsylvania.  These investments add to the quality of life, commercial vitality, innovative spirit and economic competitiveness of the state.” David Kerr, President – AT&T Pennsylvania
  • August 31, 2022 | Another New FirstNet Cell Site Launches in Tioga County to Support First Responders: Tioga County’s first responders are getting another major boost in their wireless communications thanks to the FirstNet® network expansion currently underway by AT&T*. We added a new, purpose-built cell site in Manhattan that provides coverage along the Route 6 corridor through Rexford, Manhattan, and Gaines. This is the latest purpose-built site in Tioga County. In November 2021, we announced 3 other sites in the county during a special event at the Middlebury Center Fire Department.
    • “FirstNet is a dedicated broadband platform for public safety, by public safety. We worked hand-in-hand with the Pennsylvania public safety community to understand their needs for the network. And this new site is a prime example of how that input and feedback is becoming reality. We look forward to supporting Pennsylvania’s first responders’ use of FirstNet to help them save lives and protect our communities, ” said Lisa Casias, Acting CEO, FirstNet Authority.
  • August 22, 2022 | AT&T Turns On New 5G Sites Across Pennsylvania: AT&T* has expanded its 5G network in Pennsylvania, giving residents, businesses and visitors a big boost in their wireless connectivity. In the first half of 2022, we’ve added 16 new sites in 13 counties to enhance the coverage and capacity and help customers in communities across Pennsylvania unlock the power of America’s Most Reliable 5G Network.2
    • The new sites include: In Adams County, a site in Gettysburg provides coverage along Route 116. In Allegheny County, a new site in Braddock improves coverage and capacity around Braddock Ave. and Jones Ave. In Beaver County, a new site in Industry boosts coverage and capacity west of Aliquippa along Holt Rd. and Patterson Rd. In Carbon County, a new site in Lehighton provides coverage to the City of Lehighton and around Beltzville State Park and Indian Head Road. Another new site will boost coverage and capacity on the west side of Jim Thorpe. In Crawford County, a new site in Titusville improves coverage and capacity in Titusville and along SR-89 and SR-27. In Cumberland County, a new site in Hampden Township will boost coverage and capacity in around Shaull Elementary School. In Fulton County, a new site in Dublin Township adds coverage and capacity in an area between Waterfall Road and the Pennsylvania Turnpike. In Lancaster County, a new site boosts coverage and capacity along Fruitville Pike and the surrounding retail shopping areas. In Lackawanna County, a cell site in Scott Township improves coverage and capacity around Heart Lake. In Luzerne County, a new site near Shickshinny Lake provides more coverage and capacity around Union Township. Another site will improve coverage along portion of Interstate 81 just outside of Nuangola.  A third site will improve coverage around the town of Korn Krest. In McKean County, a new site in Smethport serves the Route 59 corridor between Ormsby and the Bradford Regional Airport, and through Backus. In Potter County, a site in Keating Summit serves the intersection of Routes 155 & 607 (south of Liberty) in the western corner of Potter County near the McKean County border. In Warren County, a new site in the City of Warren serves the City of Warren, the county seat and most populous city of Warren County, along with Matthews Run.
    • “We’re investing in our network to offer more Pennsylvanians with access to the mobile broadband coverage that’s so important in our digital-first world.  And, these new sites, along with our other ongoing network upgrades, give first responders on FirstNet vital tools to protect communities and save lives,” said David Kerr – President, AT&T Pennsylvania.
  • July 11, 2022 | AT&T Turns On More Mobile Broadband Sites in Crawford County: AT&T* customers and FirstNet® subscribers in Crawford County got a big boost in wireless connectivity. We added new mobile broadband sites to enhance the county’s mobile broadband coverage and help give residents and first responders faster, more reliable wireless service. A new cell site boosts coverage and capacity in and around Atlantic and along SR-3006 between SR-18 and Lake Road.  Another site boosts coverage and capacity in Guys Mills and Blooming Valley along SR-77 and SR-198.  We announced other upgrades in Crawford County in late 2020.
    • “Communication is essential to everyday life, and this new site greatly improves this function for Crawford County residents. I am grateful to see this service available for the great people in the district,” said Pennsylvania State Representative Parke Wentling.

AT&T Investments Connect Communities

In Pennsylvania, we invested more than $1 billion in our wireless and wireline networks from 2019-2021.

Cities and communities throughout Pennsylvania are impacted by this investment, including:

  • Nearly $60 million in the Allentown/Bethlehem area.
  • More than $35 million in the Harrisburg area.
  • Nearly $535 million in the Philadelphia market (which includes portions of South Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland).
  • More than $200 million in the Pittsburgh area.

We know how important it is for our customers to stay connected. That’s why we’re focused on boosting network reliability and capacity as we expand our network nationwide. This helps residents get the best possible experience over the AT&T network where they live, work and play, as well as supporting first responders on FirstNet®.

Committed to expanding connectivity, our investment focuses on all network layers—from 5G to FirstNet.

  • Unlocking the Power of 5G: AT&T is America’s Most Reliable 5G Network1. AT&T currently offers different flavors of 5G*, which helps enable the network to reach its full potential. Here’s how they work:
    • AT&T 5G using low-band spectrum offers fast speeds and reaches more than 277 million people in more than 18,000 cities and towns in the U.S. including communities across Pennsylvania.
    • AT&T 5G+ using high-band (millimeter wave) spectrum delivers super-fast speeds and unprecedented performances in high traffic areas including parts of more than 45 cities and 40 stadiums and venues nationwide including parts of Philadelphia and Southeastern Pennsylvania.
  • Supporting First Responders by Expanding the Nation’s Public Safety Network: FirstNet, Built with AT&T, is the only nationwide, high-speed broadband network built with and for America’s first responders. Today, we significantly cover Pennsylvania with FirstNet – helping to connect public safety agencies and organizations in more than 540 communities across the state. It provides America’s first responders and the extended public safety community with truly dedicated coverage and capacity when they need it. FirstNet includes unique benefits like always-on priority and preemption, high-quality Band 14 spectrum and a one-of-a-kind 5G experience to keep public safety mission ready.

Here are a few highlights of the enhancements we’ve made in Pennsylvania in the last few years:

  • March 15, 2022 | Working to Expand Mobile Broadband in Ferguson Township, Centre County. Learn more.
  • December 13, 2021 | New Mobile Broadband Site in Somerset County. Learn more.
  • December 13, 2021 | New Mobile Broadband Site in Washington County.  Learn more.
  • December 13, 2021 | More Mobile Broadband Sites in Western Pennsylvania. Learn more.
  • October 19, 2021| New Sites Across Pennsylvania. Learn more.

1 AT&T awarded Best Network by GWS OneScore 2021. GWS conducts paid drive tests for AT&T and uses the data in its OneScore analysis. AT&T 5G requires compatible plan and device. 5G not available everywhere. Go to for details.

* To experience AT&T 5G+, you’ll need to be in a 5G+ coverage area, have a 5G+ capable device, and be on one of our plans that include 5G and 5G+ access at no extra charge. See for more details.

® FirstNet and the FirstNet logo are registered trademarks and service marks of the First Responder Network Authority. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.

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