Dallas-based communications corporation AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) invested nearly $60 million in the Springfield area between 2015 and 2017, according to a report from the company.
The investments in wireless and wired networks were designed to improve reliability, coverage, speed and performance for residents and businesses, according to a news release.
“Recent legislation in Missouri encourages companies to invest more in network infrastructure,” said Craig Unruh, president of AT&T Missouri, in the release. “This investment will pave the path to 5G mobile services in the years ahead.”
In the Springfield area, AT&T last year made about 20 wireless upgrades. Among the improvements were carrier additions intended to grow network capability in the area. The company also recently announced plans to hire new employees at its downtown call center.
“Private-sector investment is critical for the continued growth and success of the Springfield area,” Springfield Mayor Ken McClure said in the release. “By continuing to build state-of-the-art infrastructure in our state, AT&T is making business growth possible and assuring that our residents have the tools to stay connected and entertained.”
During the 2015-17 timeframe in Missouri, AT&T invested nearly $1.8 billion in wireless and wired networks, according to the report.
AT&T made some 570 wireless network upgrades last year and plans to continue investing statewide, according to the release.
“These infrastructure investments help keep residents connected to vital resources, enable businesses to grow their operations and expand their workforce, and play an important role in working to move Missouri forward,” Gov. Mike Parson said in the release.
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