PHARR, RGV – To date, AT&T has invested more than $110 million to enhance its network in the Rio Grande Valley.

In 2014, the telecommunications giant made significant wireless network upgrades, new cell sites, network capacity upgrades and new high-speed internet connections across the state.

In total, AT&T invested more than $6.8 billion in wireless and wired networks between 2012 and 2014, the company announced Tuesday. More than $60 million was spent to enhance the local network in McAllen, and more than $50 million was invested in Brownsville.

“With a growing range of connected home appliances, cars and wearable devices, we depend more on network connectivity than ever before,” said Renee Flores, Regional Vice President, AT&T, External and Legislative Affairs. “AT&T’s continued investment…brings a host of new, innovative opportunities for residents and businesses to connect with each other and their customers.”

As part of its Project Velocity IP (VIP), an investment plan focused on network enhancement and expansion, AT&T in 2014 made wireless network upgrades in the McAllen area, including a new cell site, network capacity upgrades, and a new wireless high-speed Internet connection.

Additionally, AT&T expanded the reach of its network, providing access to AT&T U-verse® High Speed Internet, AT&T U-verse video and AT&T U-verse voice services to nearly 10,000 new customer locations.

AT&T operates an extensive Wi-Fi network including more than 34,000 AT&T Wi-Fi hot spots at popular restaurants, hotels, bookstores and retailers, and provides access to more 1 million hot Spots globally through roaming agreements. Most AT&T smartphone customers and U-verse customers get access to our entire national Wi-Fi network at no additional cost, and Wi-Fi usage doesn’t count against custhmers’ monthly wireless data plans.

“AT&T’s nearly $50 million investment in Brownsville and the surrounding areas has provided our citizens and business with more access to one of the fastest and most advanced networks in the state,” said Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr, D-Brownsville. “The benefits of access to next-generation technologies are far-reaching and we commend AT&T for their continued commitment to providing improved communications networks in Brownsville.”