After acknowledging the lack of cell phone coverage in Door County, AT&T announced it is expanding its service in Northeast Wisconsin with the purchase of 32 cell towers in Door, Brown, Kewaunee, Manitowoc and Sheboygan counties.
“Door County has been a stress point for our customers and this will really improve service up there,” said AT&T spokesperson Jim Greer.
Greer said a majority of the 32 towers are in Door County, but couldn’t give the exact location of the towers.
The expansion will also bring 4G LTE service to Green Bay to improve high-speed data communication for mobile phones.
“We’re constantly and aggressively building our network,” Greer said. “We’ve already spent $140 million on networks in Wisconsin, and continue to do that. So that’s a lot of building, that’s a lot of investment to make better service for our customers in the state.”
Having more towers located in Door County could mean more local work as AT&T invests in tower improvements, Greer said.
Fast Facts On Cell Phone Use from CTIA.org:
- 1.468 trillion megabytes of wireless data was communicated in 2012, compared to 866.8 billion megabytes in 2011.
- 2.3 trillion minutes of wireless use were recorded in 2012, compared to 1.2 million in 1997.
- There were 301,779 cell sites in 2012, compared to 51,600 in 1997.
- There were 2.19 trillion text messages sent in 2012.