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AT&T Planning Large Summer LTE Roll-Out

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Apr 10, 2013, 7:44 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

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.

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Apr 10, 2013, 12:14 PM

motivation, not ambition...

Lest anyone think that AT&T is demonstrating ambition by deploying LTE to so many more markets by this summer, think again.

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.

Are there any regulations governing the spectrum T-Mobile has? That would force them to upgrade 2G EDGE to either 3G or 4G LTE at some point?

I've heard there are places in Tmo's network where all that's available is 2G EDGE, in 2013, that's just o...
AJ: You have repeatedly ripped AT&T for sitting on the spectrum and not deploying it in the past....you cried out that AT&T should be *forced* to use it! Now AT&T is deploying the spectrum and you are calling them lazy since they are finishing depl...

Apr 10, 2013, 5:51 PM


I'm glad that these 4G places are getting 4G LTE. I'm currently on the edge network. I expect better from you. Give me 3G at least you scrubs, good lerd.
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