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AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile Make Moves to Improve Coverage

Three US carriers have announced plans to improve their coverage areas, with AT&T announcing a $14 billion new investment, T-Mobile bringing HSPA+ or 4G support to three new metropolitan areas, and Sprint announced a $480 million spectrum and customer acquisition from regional carrier U.S. Cellular.

AT&T says it is investing $14 billion to expand its wireless and wireline IP broadband networks in order to accommodate future growth in high-speed Internet connectivity.
AT&T today announced plans to invest $14 billion over the next three years to significantly expand and enhance its wireless and wireline IP broadband networks to support growing customer demand for high-speed Internet access and new mobile, app and cloud services. The investment plan – Project Velocity IP (VIP) – expands AT&T's high-potential growth platforms, helping drive continued increases in revenues from existing and new products and services, and earnings per share.
T-Mobile announced that it has brought HSPA+ service to three new metropolitan areas, expanding its 'Bring Your Own Phone' marketing effort. T-Mobile says iPhone 4S devices running on its network experience 70% faster connections than comparable devices on AT&T.
T-Mobile customers can now experience these improvements in:

Washington D.C.: Alexandria, VA; Arlington, VA; Chevy Chase, MD; Falls Church, VA; Laurel, MD; McLean, VA; and Silver Spring, MD.

Baltimore: Glen Burnie and Towson, MD

Houston: Cypress, Jersey Village, Humble, Kingwood, and The Woodlands.

T-Mobile network advancements also continue in additional cities including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York metro area, Philadelphia, San Francisco, San Diego and Seattle. Customers in parts of these metro areas are already experiencing improved coverage and iPhone “speed sightings” on T-Mobile’s 4G network.
Finally, Sprint is purchasing 585,000 Midwestern subscribers and a chunk of related spectrum from U.S. Cellular for $480 million. U.S. Cellular customers in Chicago, St. Louis, central Illinois, and other Midwestern markets are affected. Japanese carrier Softbank recently purchased a controlling interest in Sprint.

(Image via Flickr/Gary Lerude)

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56 months ago
Yes makes sense they are doing something positive for all the money we pay.

We need the government to step in and stop the price gouging
Rating: 8 Votes
56 months ago
Is that a picture of the cloud?
Rating: 5 Votes
56 months ago
AT&T will spend the $10 billion in advertising, the remaining $4 billion is for actual improvements. Thanks AT&T!
Rating: 5 Votes
56 months ago
Too late, AT&T! I already switched to Verizon because for more than 10 years I have had no AT&T signal at my house and you never cared enough to do anything about it!
Rating: 4 Votes
56 months ago
Even in Hawaii, with Verizon's LTE coverage there are many spots with 3G only.

Sucks when you get used to LTE then go to a non LTE area :)
Rating: 3 Votes
56 months ago

Here's to ATT bringing back true unlimited, unthrottled data to us loyal customers with grandfathered plans

lol keep dreamin buddy
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56 months ago
I'll believe it when I see it.
Rating: 3 Votes
56 months ago
AT&T has been saying this for years, every year. And their coverage still sucks.
Rating: 2 Votes
56 months ago

What a coincidence!

The day after a democratic administration gains four more years, AT&T believes in reaching more customers and improving broadband by investing in infrastructure.

Ars Technica covers this story from a slightly different angle (

I'm not certain what this has to do with a Democrat POTUS winning re-election, however the article truly is frightening.

If I understand correctly:

AT&T is "extorting" our government, announcing they will invest $14 Billion in wired and wireless communications IF the FCC deregulates much of its business. If AT&T and other carriers move the US into an FTTN structure, basic phone service will be replaced with corporate controlled services and will be dependent on who has access to which area's (very much akin to cable services). E.U. and Asia use FTTH, if AT&T gets its way (and much of this is due to the blocked t-Mobile merger according to AT&T and experts), expect phone services to sky rocket in costs and limitations to be implemented. 911 service? Sure, for $1.25/min.

I strongly agree with this point:

"The letter that they filed says they want to get rid of regulation, and there will be an attack by AT&T and Verizon to get rid of all regulation in Congress probably at the beginning of next year," he told Ars. "Their goal is to take the letter and to extend it through Congress. What we need is a wireless and wireline to have an open utility, and let customers choose whatever provider and whatever services they want. If we don’t do that, we will fall behind."

Thanks for the article, very interesting.


Unless you have an obamaphone how is pricing their concern?

What's an "Obamaphone"? :confused:
Rating: 2 Votes
56 months ago

(Have Verizon; Don't Care)
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