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AT&T expands mobile broadband wireless capacity for Vermont ski and snowboard enthusiasts

KILLINGTON- Just in time for the winter sports season, snow lovers visiting several popular Vermont mountains and ski resorts are expected to experience improved mobile broadband coverage and voice performance as a result of continued investment and innovation by AT&T. The company announced today that it has completed a key initiative in its ongoing efforts to enhance the wireless capacity and performance of its mobile broadband network throughout the popular ski season towns of Killington, Stowe, Bolton, Ludlow and Wilmington.

The network enhancement adds new layers of frequency, also known as "carriers," to eight cell sites throughout Vermont ski country to more efficiently manage available spectrum and increase mobile broadband capacity. The expansion helps manage ever-growing demand for mobile broadband services by allocating more network resources for AT&T's mobile broadband network.

"Our goal is for our customers to have an extraordinary experience, whether they're making calls to their snowboarding pals, surfing the web for the latest powder conditions, or texting photos taken from the ski lifts," said Steve Krom, vice president and general manager for AT&T New England. "As part of the Vermont community, we're always looking for new opportunities to provide an enhanced customer experience to residents and winter tourists alike, and our investment in the local wireless network is just one way we're accomplishing that."

"Access to the latest mobile broadband technology is important for our area," said Kevin Mullin (R), Vermont State Senator from Rutland. "Today's announcement is good news for our local businesses and citizens, as well as the many visitors that will come to enjoy the winter season at Killington."

This Jan. 5 announcement builds on the momentum established during AT&T's recent wireless investments in Vermont.  In 2011, AT&T added three new cell sites in Vermont, deployed enhanced backhaul connections to enable 4G speeds, added capacity - or layers of frequency - to more than 110 cell sites and expanded its mobile broadband network by enhancing more than 75 cell sites. (4G speeds delivered by HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul. Available in limited areas. Availability increasing with ongoing backhaul deployment.)

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