AT&T invests more than $1.9B in New Jersey over the last five years 

Over the past five years, from 2019-2023, AT&T has invested more than $1.9 billion in New Jersey, it announced. The telecommunications firm has donated hundreds of computers and sponsored digital literacy classes to make its communities smarter and stronger. And it has shown that it truly cares about the communities that its employees and customers call home.

Cities and communities throughout New Jersey are seeing the impacts of this investment, including:

  • Nearly $25 million in Atlantic City-Hammonton;
  • Nearly $30 million in Trenton-Princeton; and
  • More than $9.6 million in Vineland-Bridgeton.

AT&T said it understands how a connection can make the difference. That’s why its mission is to bring connectivity to everyone, no matter where they live or where they come from. AT&T is working to not only boost network reliability and capacity, but also expand broadband nationwide to help bridge the digital divide.

Committed to expanding connectivity, its investment focuses on all facets of the network — including fiber, 5G and FirstNet, built with AT&T.

Unlocking the power of 5G

From rural communities to urban areas, AT&T’s overall wireless voice and data network covers more than 99% of all Americans, including New Jersey. Its 5G network reaches more than 295 million people in more than 24,500 cities and towns across the U.S., with its midband spectrum available nationwide, covering more than 210 million people.

The telecommunications firm continues to work with businesses from manufacturing to health care to create new innovations and increase efficiencies with its 5G.

It’s ramping up performance in high-traffic areas, like airports, stadiums and venues, including: MetLife Stadium, Red Bull Arena and Newark Liberty International Airport. It’s also expanding its 5G network in cities like Asbury Park, Newark, New Brunswick, Trenton and Vineland so people there can have access to reliable connectivity.

Giving first responders reliable connectivity

As America’s public safety communication partner, AT&T is expanding and enhancing FirstNet to give the public safety community better access to its network. Setting the stage for first responder innovation over the next 10 years, the FirstNet Authority announced a series of strategic investments totaling more than $8 billion into FirstNet. The latest network investment of $6.3 billion will enable AT&T to deliver a standalone FirstNet 5G core, provide always-on priority and preemption across all AT&T 5G commercial spectrum bands and build 1,000 new FirstNet sites across the country over the next two years.

In New Jersey, it’s connecting public safety agencies, first responders and organizations in more than 340 cities across the state, including Atlantic City, Camden, Manchester, Newark, Princeton and more.

It has rolled out Band 14 on nearly 1,300 sites across New Jersey to provide public safety with truly dedicated coverage and capacity when it needs it.

And, it’s not just investing in its network, AT&T said it is also investing in its communities. AT&T recently announced it is committing an additional $3 billion by 2030 to help close the digital divide, bringing the company’s total commitment to $5 billion since 2021.

Here are a few highlights from the last year in New Jersey:

  • April 5, 2023: Free digital literacy workshops provided by AT&T, Digitunity and the Jersey City Housing Authority help Jersey City residents of low-income households gain skills and confidence to participate fully, safely and responsibly in today’s digital world.
  • Aug. 24, 2023: Working with the Hoboken-based Computers 4 People team, AT&T volunteers delivered almost 200 laptops between Dvine Konektion in West New York and the Jersey City Housing Authority, along with digital literacy resources to help them fully participate in our digital world.