HULETTS LANDING - AT&T officials held a press conference here Thursday to announce the activation of eight new cell service sites and mobile broadband enhancements in the Adirondack Park.
State Sen. Betty Little joined officals from AT&T to make the announcement at the Huletts Landing Volunteer Fire Company in Washington County, the site of a new cell tower that will serve AT&T customers.
The other seven sites where AT&T has expanded its coverage in the Park are as follows:
From left, state Sen. Betty Little and Huletts Landing Volunteer Fire Company President Arthur Borin accept a $5,000 contribution from Robert Holliday, vice president and general manager of AT&T for upstate New York, at a press conference Thursday in Huletts Landing.
Bolton, covering the Adirondack Northway near exit 24 in Warren County
Caroga Lake/Canada Lake, along routes 10 and 29A in areas of Fulton County
Hague, on Route 9 and the northern end of Lake George in Warren County
Johnsburg, along Route 28 in Warren County
Northville, including Great Sacandaga Lake in Fulton County
I-87 between exits 25 and 26 (Pottersville-South Horicon) in Warren County
Pilot Knob, serving Fort Ann and the eastern shores of Lake George in Washington County.
AT&T also says it has made mobile broadband enhancements in Lake Placid, Lyons Falls, Mineville, Nicholville, North Elba, Old Forge, Port Henry/Moriah, Rattlesnake Mountain, Saranac Lake and Whiteface Mountain.
"The Adirondack Park is a critical part of the Empire State and AT&T will continue to look for new opportunities in the region to be a good neighbor and to provide enhanced wireless services and products as a way to help drive the local economy," Robert Holliday, vice president and general manager of AT&T for upstate New York, said in a press release.
"Expanding and enhancing New York's mobile broadband network brings home the benefits of broadband access to many consumers in the Adirondacks who are relying more and more on wireless technology to access the Internet," Little said in the release. "This kind of investment is critical to keeping New York competitive."
AT&T presented the Huletts Landing Volunteer Fire Company with a $5,000 donation at the event.
AT&T says it has invested more than $200 million in its New York wireless and wireline networks in the first half of 2011.
"We're working to bring wireless coverage to rural areas like Adirondack Park throughout New York State," Amy Hines Kramer, regional vice president of external affairs for AT&T in New York, said in the release. "In addition, our recently announced agreement to acquire T-Mobile USA represents a major commitment to strengthen and expand our network. If approved, this deal means that we'll be able to expand the next generation of mobile broadband - 4G LTE - from our current plan of 80 percent of the U.S. population to more than 97 percent."