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Thursday, April 09, 2009

AT&T expansion plans for Chautauqua County

AT&T Continues to Expand Nation's Fastest 3G Wireless Network Across New York

BUFFALO, N.Y., April 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- As people's lives become increasingly mobile and fast-paced, and to address the growing demand for advanced wireless data products and services, AT&T* today unveiled its network expansion plans for Chautauqua County in the coming year. As part of the expansion, AT&T plans to roll out its third generation (3G) mobile broadband network in new communities including but not limited to Bemus Point, Brockton, Cassadaga, Dunkirk, Ellery Center, Findley Lake, Fredonia, French Creek, Gerry, Jamestown, Lakewood, Mayville, Mina, Panama, Poland, Ripley, Sherman, Sinclairville and Westfield.

"AT&T is creating economic opportunity in Chautauqua County by expanding critical wireless access, providing faster and better options for everything from reaching emergency services to conducting business to sharing information with family and friends," said Senator Catharine Young. "Expanding wireless infrastructure, particularly mobile broadband, is a valuable service to rural areas and small cities and towns in western New York, which will help grow the economy and improve the quality of life."

The planned network expansion builds upon previous investments in the territory. From 2006 to 2008, AT&T's total capital investment in its technology infrastructure in the state of New York was more than $1.3 billion.

The investment in its 3G wireless broadband network - the nation's fastest, according to recent data compiled by leading independent wireless research firms - is part of AT&T's ongoing effort to build the broadband networks that will create jobs and fuel economic growth, and enable its customers access to the content, applications and services that matter most to them.

In addition to extending its 3G wireless broadband network AT&T plans to add a new cell site in Clymer bringing new wireless coverage to its customers later this year.

"We continue to make significant investments to deliver dependable, high speed wireless access in more places across New York for consumers and business customers who need to stay connected to work, family and friends," said Jay Summerson, vice president of external affairs, AT&T New York. "Our ongoing investments in Chautauqua County will help us fulfill this vision while ensuring that New Yorkers have access to the advanced wireless broadband services that help drive economic growth."

AT&T's 2008 investment added 3G service to more than 400 cell sites across the upstate New York territory, which spans from Buffalo to Albany and includes the southern tier and the North Country.

"We are committed to providing quality service to our customers and have made significant enhancements to our wireless network across upstate New York in the past few years," said Bob Holliday, vice president and general manager for AT&T in upstate New York. "Expanding our wireless network to support a top notch experience for our customers every time they make a call, check an e-mail or surf the Internet on their AT&T device remains a key priority for us in 2009."

AT&T's wireless network is based on GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) technologies, the most open and widely used wireless network platform in the world. As a result, only AT&T can offer 3G data roaming in more than 70 countries, as well as voice calling in more than 200 countries, in addition to AT&T's continuous 3G expansion in the U.S. AT&T's 3G network is now available in nearly 350 U.S. major metropolitan areas.

AT&T operates 50 AT&T-owned retail locations in upstate New York. AT&T's products and services are also available at a number of other authorized dealers and national retail locations.

To find out more details about AT&T's coverage in New York or anywhere in the United States, consumers can go to The online tool provides up-to-date wireless coverage information for specific locations. The tool can measure the quality of coverage based on a street address, intersection, ZIP code or even a landmark.
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