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Telecom reform leads to new investment in Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Sen. Brandt Hershman (R-Wheatfield) joined AT&T officials in announcing plans to add 35 new cell sites that will deliver third generation wireless broadband across the state, including Lafayette.

Hershman, who authored a 2006 telecom reform law which has been recognized as the best in the nation, said AT&T’s total capital investment in Indiana as a direct result of the bill recently exceeded $1 billion. He cited those numbers as proof Indiana has become an attractive place for technology companies to invest and expand.

AT&T announced plans to add 35 new cell sites that will deliver third generation wireless broadband across Indiana, including Lafayette.

AT&T announced plans to add 35 new cell sites that will deliver third generation wireless broadband across Indiana, including Lafayette.

“Through the reform of our telecommunications laws, many companies including AT&T, Smithville telephone, Embarq, and others have been provided with a strong incentive to invest in Indiana, creating jobs and providing Hoosiers with access to the latest technology whether it’s making a call, surfing the Internet, or using new video services” Hershman said. “Investing in Indiana’s communications infrastructure helps Hoosier families and businesses.”

In recent years, the communications company expanded its TV service, U-verse, and its high-speed Internet services to urban and rural areas across the state. In addition to the $1 billion in investments, more than 33 percent of AT&T’s national video service rollouts occurred in Indiana, and more than 1650 new jobs have been created.

Recently, AT&T included Lafayette and West Lafayette in its 3G Wireless Broadband Network, which delivers typical downlink speeds and faster uplink speeds to users. Hershman said the company plans include a new cell site in Lafayette this year.

“New and enhanced connectivity in our area means more opportunities for commerce, education and consumer choice,” Hershman said. “Indiana must work to continue to enhance technology access for all Hoosiers.”

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