$30 million technological investment in Fort Wayne touted

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry speaks at a news conference touting AT&T investments in Fort Wayne.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)- City and state leaders joined officials from AT&T Friday morning as the company announced it has invested more than $30 million in its Fort Wayne-area wireless and wired networks between 2011 and 2013.

The news conference was held at AT&T’s store at 9815 Lima Road.

Advancing its Project Velocity IP (VIP), an investment plan to expand and enhance its wireless and wired IP broadband networks, AT&T said it made 85 network upgrades in the Fort Wayne area in 2013. Upgrades in 2013 included the launch of the 4G LTE network in Fort Wayne in June, along with the addition of wireless and wired network capacity and new broadband network connections.

“Enhanced wireless and wired connectivity is an important benefit for residents and our overall economic development,” said State Rep. David Ober. “It’s great to see companies like AT&T investing and innovating to meet, and anticipate, the needs of their customers.”

“AT&T’s continued investment in Fort Wayne and Indiana means expanded access to new technologies and new opportunities for our citizens and businesses,” said Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry.  “As more and more residents are connecting via a seamless mobile network, we appreciate AT&T’s commitment to enhancing its services and growing jobs in our community.”

“Fort Wayne residents depend on our fast and reliable Internet connections more and more every day, whether it’s instant access to files and apps at work, watching a video at home, or even receiving updates from connected cars or home monitors,” said Bill Soards, president of AT&T Indiana.

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