AT&T Planning Large Summer LTE Roll-Out
AT&T today announced plans to light up LTE 4G in more than two dozen markets during the summer months. The new markets that will receive LTE for the first time include: Evergreen, Monroeville, and Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Flagstaff, Ariz.; Chico and Visalia, Calif.; Dover, Del.; Lake City and Ocala, Fla.; Commerce, Jefferson, and Valdosta, Ga.; Champaign, Ill.; Columbus and Fort Wayne, Ind.; Manhattan, Kan.; Elizabethtown, Ky.; Leonardville, Md.; Flint, Mich.; Biloxi/Gulfport, Miss.; Asheville and Goldsboro, N.C.; Millville, N.J.; Batavia and Seneca Falls, N.Y.; Anderson, S.C.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Athens, Huntsville, Laredo, Paris, and Rio Grande Valley, Texas; Spokane, Wash.; Huntington, W.Va.; and Laramie, Wyo. AT&T didn't say when LTE would reach these markets. In addition to the summer LTE expansion, AT&T launched LTE in Wilson, N.C., today, and expanded its LTE footprint in the San Francisco Bay Area.
motivation, not ambition...
This is motivation, pure and simple, to avoid FCC penalties, as AT&T is facing a five year buildout deadline of June 13, 2013 for its Lower 700 MHz B block 12 MHz licenses. By mid June, AT&T must cover 35 percent of the geographic area of each CMA in which it holds the B block license.
So, this is a regulation lighting a fire under the ass of a stubborn, anti consumer wireless carrier and a prime example of why wireless industry regulation is generally a good thing.
I've heard there are places in Tmo's network where all that's available is 2G EDGE, in 2013, that's just o...