|COLUMBIA, MO — AT&T recently has announced completion of upgrades to its mobile Internet network along Interstate 70, Interstate 44 and Interstate 55 in Missouri, helping provide communities along nearly 750 miles of the state’s most heavily used highways with improved access to advanced mobile services, devices and audio and video content.
Recent upgrades of cell sites have improved mobile Internet access and coverage for local residents, businesses and travelers running about 240 miles from St. Louis to Kansas City, about 290 miles from St. Louis to Joplin, and about 210 miles from St. Louis to the border with Arkansas.
According to Katie Nagus, AT&T spokesperson, comparisons have been made between the rapid advances in mobile Internet service and construction of the railroad and highway systems because each connect people and foster economic growth. In that context, deployment of mobile Internet networks can be seen as “golden splices” akin to the “golden spike” that completed the transcontinental railroad, she said.
“Expanding high-speed Internet access is critical to keeping Missouri competitive in the global marketplace,” said Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon. “I congratulate AT&T on the completion of their mobile Internet network and I appreciate their partnership in our MoBroadbandNow initiative, which will continue to help Missouri businesses, schools and communities access faster, more reliable broadband Internet service.”