AT&T says it invested $675 million in networks in Georgia first half 2013

Let’s compare T’s recent investments in various states. The telco and cableco incumbents played this game back in 2004, too, going on about how much they were investing, so the Valdosta City Council wouldn’t vote to do its own municipal network. What’s the plan to get fast (100Mbps+) affordable (less than $30/month) Internet access everywhere in Georgia?

Christopher Seward wrote for AJC 8 August 2013, AT&T: $675M invested in Georgia networks,

T 4G (not LTE) Coverage in Georgia AT&T said Thursday it invested more than $675 million to upgrade its wireless and wired networks in Georgia in the first half of the year.

The investments include new cell towers—base stations used to send signals to mobile phones—more antenna reach, improvements to its 4G LTE network for quicker data downloads and more Wi-Fi hotspots, the company said.

Here’s the actual T PR of 9 August 2013, AT&T Invests More Than $675 Million in Georgia Wireless and Wireline Networks, which has some details about cable, 4G LTE, etc., including this:

AT&T 4G LTE is now available in multiple areas of the state, including Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Brunswick, Calhoun, Cedartown, Dalton, Gainesville, Jefferson-Commerce, Macon-Warner Robins, Milledgeville, Rome, Savannah, and Valdosta. Nationwide, more than 225 million Americans have access to AT&T 4G LTE service. By year-end 2013, AT&T expects to cover nearly 270 million people and 400 markets with its 4G LTE network.

Remember that announcement from July that VLCIA Executive Director Andrea Schruijer told us about? And how that’s good, but AT&T still doesn’t have as good coverage as VZ for 4G LTE. The T coverage map above is for 4G, not 4G LTE, because T doesn’t display 4G LTE coverage at state level, only at metro level. And both T and VZ 4G LTE cost more than many people around here can afford.

AT&T has let out a slew of such PR for various states and metro areas, including

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Surprisingly, among those states, T actually is investing the most per capita in Georgia. However, that $68/person is only about one month’s 4G LTE payment.