The Latest on Expanding Connectivity in Wisconsin

Paul Weirtz, President of AT&T Wisconsin
August 17, 2022
Broadband Access and Affordability, Public Safety


The Latest on Expanding Connectivity in Wisconsin

What’s New?

  • August 17, 2022 | AT&T Boosts Network Speeds Across Wisconsin: AT&T* customers and FirstNet® subscribers in Three Lakes, Eagle River, Waukesha, Milton and the Florence area got big boosts in wireless connectivity. Our investment will help customers get the most out of their mobile devices.
    • We’ve added two new cell towers – one on State Highway 32 near Scott Creek just outside Three Lakes and one on State Highway 70 outside Eagle River.
    • We’ve added a new cell tower on the south end of Waukesha to enhance the area’s mobile broadband coverage and help give residents and first responders faster, more reliable wireless service. This new site will provide coverage when traveling along State Highway 164 and Glendale Road in Waukesha County.
    • We’ve added a new cell tower near the intersection of N. Wright Road and State Highway 26 to enhance the area’s mobile broadband coverage and help give residents and first responders faster, more reliable wireless service.
    • We’ve added a new cell tower just west of Florence near the Pine River to enhance the area’s mobile broadband coverage and help give residents and first responders faster, more reliable wireless service. This new site will provide coverage when traveling along State Highway 70, State Highway 101 and Bessie Babbit Road in Florence County.

AT&T Investments Connect Communities

In Wisconsin, we invested nearly $825 million in our wireless and wireline networks from 2019-2021, including nearly $250 million in the greater Milwaukee 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®.

We are also working closely with local communities and government leaders in Wisconsin to expand access to high-speed internet. By combining the resources of the government and private sector, we can fast-track the closing of the digital divide regardless of income or zip code.

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

  • Expanding Access to Fiber: To meet the demands for reliable, high-speed connections today – and in the future – we are investing in our fiber network. AT&T Fiber® is available to 17 million customer locations across our 21-state footprint – and offers speeds of up to 5-Gigs1 with equal upload and download across parts of its 100+ metros, including Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay and Appleton. We are marching toward our fiber expansion goal to cover 30 million customer locations across our footprint by year-end 2025.  AT&T Fiber provides speed, bandwidth, reliability and security for consumers and businesses to enhance their internet experience for applications like video conferencing, virtual learning, telehealth, gaming and more.
  • Access from AT&T: AT&T is dedicated to making home internet more affordable for low-income households through its Access from AT&T program, which now provides new internet plans with up to 100 Mbps for $30 a month.2 When eligible households apply the Affordable Connectivity Program’s (ACP) federal benefit of up to $30/month (or up to $75/month on qualifying Tribal lands) to their Access plan, they can get their internet for free.3
  • Unlocking the Power of 5G: AT&T is America’s Most Reliable 5G Network4. AT&T currently offers 3 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 255 million people in more than 18,000 cities and towns in the U.S., including Madison, Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha, Janesville, Beloit, Sheboygan, Eau Claire, Stevens Point, and West Bend, among others.
    • AT&T 5G+ recently introduced mid-band spectrum in limited parts of 8 metros nationwide. This spectrum sits between our other 2 bands. The mid-band spectrum provides a great combination of ultra-fast speeds and wide geographic coverage.
    • 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 in Milwaukee and at American Family Field and the Fiserv Forum.
  • 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 cover nearly all of Wisconsin with FirstNet – helping to connect public safety agencies and organizations in more than 240 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.

1 Limited availability in select areas. Internet speed claims represent maximum wired network service capability speeds to the home and recommended setup. Actual customer speeds are not guaranteed. Single device wired speed maximum 4.7Gbps. For more information go to www.att.com/speed101

2 Access from AT&T is available only in the AT&T 21-state wireline footprint. You’ll receive the maximum speed available at your address. $30 Access plan includes unlimited data for households with speeds up to 100Mbps. $5 and $10 Access plans include 150GB or 1TB of data allowance per month depending on type & speed of service. You will be charged $10 for each add’l 50GB of data usage if you exceed your monthly data allowance, even if less than 50 gigabytes is used. For more information, go to att.com/internet-usage.

3 Terms, conditions and restrictions apply.  Free with Access from AT&T 12-100Mbps plans only.

4 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 att.com/5Gforyou 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 att.com/unlimited for more details.

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