map300 hendersonROBARDS, Ky. (10/9/19) — AT&T reported adding a new cell tower to its 4G LTE network along Kentucky 136-E in Robards to help give customers faster, more reliable wireless service.

Company spokesman Phil Hayes reports the investment will help customers get the most out of their mobile devices. With 4G LTE service, customers will experience better network connectivity while streaming videos, sharing on social media or texting family and friends.

The tower also includes equipment to enable Fixed Wireless Internet service, Hayes said in a press release today. This innovative service delivers an internet connection with download speeds of at least 10Mbps and upload speeds of at least 1Mbps. The connection comes from a wireless tower to a fixed antenna on a customer’s home or business. This is an efficient way to deliver high-quality, high-speed internet to customers living in underserved rural areas.

The towers used to provide this service are connected to AT&T’s network using AT&T fiber optics. AT&T has nearly 1.5 million strand miles of fiber optics covering Kentucky which enables the company to offer a wide variety of products and services delivering the high-speed connectivity Kentucky businesses and residents need.

“High speed broadband is essential to operations on the job and activities at home, and the expansion of the communications networks in Henderson County is key to bringing future investment and providing our citizens with the tools they need to be successful,” said Sen. Robby Mills. “In addition, when investments – like high-speed internet expansions – are made in our communities, they help pave the way for high paying jobs in our 21st century economy.”

Hayes said the company knows how important it is for our customers to stay connected. 

“We’re committed to providing our customers fast, reliable, highly secure connectivity and the network expansion in Robards is a result of that commitment,” said Hank Mangeot, regional director, external affairs, AT&T Kentucky. “We consistently work to provide better coverage and we’re investing in our wireless network to accomplish that.”

By building out the 4G LTE network, the company is laying the foundation for 5G, the next advance in network technologies, Hayes reported, and boosting network speeds and capacity, as they continue to expand the availability and capacity of the network using the latest technology.

This added coverage will also benefit public safety and first responders on FirstNet – public safety’s dedicated communications platform. FirstNet is being built with AT&T in a public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority. It’s designed to help first responders in Kentucky and across the country connect to the critical information they need – when they need it – so they can keep themselves and the communities they serve safer.

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