AT&T lights up LTE in 12 markets across the nation, brings 4G to coverage to 300,000 more

The build-outs of the LTE networks of AT&T and Verizon in the United States have hit the point where they're covering smaller cities in 4G radio signals. In fact, just today Ma Bell announced that they're flipping the switch to turn on AT&T LTE coverage in 12 municipalities around the United States, though the largest in this batch is Bismark, North Dakota, population: 65,000. There used to be a time when a single new LTE network meant millions were covered — now it takes a dozen new markets to cover a mere 300,000. We're on the long tail of the LTE coverage build-out now. The full list of new AT&T LTE coverage follows.

  • Anderson, Indiana
  • Deridder, Louisiana
  • Midland, Michigan
  • Lebanon, Missouri
  • Claremont, New Hampshire
  • Lumberton, North Carolina
  • Bismark, North Dakota
  • Bellefontaine, Ohio
  • Defiance, Ohio
  • Greenwood, South Carolina
  • Seneca, South Carolina
  • Gainesville, Texas

If you're seeing AT&T LTE for the first time in your home town, let us know in the comments.

 

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AT&T lights up LTE in 12 markets across the nation, brings 4G to coverage to 300,000 more

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In before "WTF AT&T WHY ISN'T IT IN MY BUMFUCK EGYPT OF A TOWN, OMG WORST SERVICE EVVAAR!" or "ZOMG VERIZON HAS BEEN HERE FOR, LIKE EVER!"

Now if they would just provide REAL coverage for the areas they are claiming!

My g/f has a Note 2 on AT&T and we live in northern VA. The coverage map shows voice and 4G LTE data coverage along I-66 all the way from DC west to I-81. But, in fact, you cannot drive from DC to I-81 on I-66 without driving through at least one dead zone on AT&T where voice will ALWAYS be dropped - much less data.

And their map shows complete coverage where we live (between Bristow and Gainesville, just off I-66) and she had to buy an AT&T Microcell just to be able to use her phone at home without getting dropped all the time.

The suggestion that VOICE will drop (when voice only requires basic GSM) in a high density area that you describe isn't because of a "dead zone" with lack of coverage. Its a reasonably heavily populated route with only one "weak" zone in Broad Run forest.

Its more likely due to some radar or microwave interference from some government installation. There are places near Elmandorf Air Force Bace that have the same drop out area, on a one mile stretch of road.

You should install AT&T's Mark the Spot app and report every single drop out.

It's not a dead zone when the phone shows 0 bars every time when driving through that area near Broad Run!?!?

Thanks for the tip on Mark the Spot. I'll have to look into that.

I'm also in Northern VA and testing out both T-Mobile and AT&T (through straight talk), and I have to say, AT&T blows. When I am on LTE, it's much slower then T-Mobile. Half of the time I'm connected to AT&T's LTE the connection is so terrible that sometimes I get a delay over an hour with a new email or GV text notification. Not sure if it's just because I'm using Straight Talk but I can't imagine it makes much of a difference.

That's delay in google cloud messages (gmail, hangouts, ect) it actually a straight talk problem. ST closed the google cloud port after a period of inactivity for whatever reason. And that is why I left them and went to AIO (att also) and it works just fine.

I'm also in NoVA and on Verizon, but my g/f is on AT&T. Text messages from me to her sometimes take 12+ hours to get to her phone. And it's not an infrequent thing, either.

I'm actually on AT&T, and not Straight Talk. Boost Mobile, Straight Talk, etc. are low priority on major carriers, such as AT&T or T-Mobile, which is why your "AT&T" performance is not on par to T-Mobile's performance. Data speeds are slower and overall performance is not at its best. To address your concern, It is very likely that the problem that you're experience with AT&T service is due to Straight Talk.

I have been on LTE in Anderson, IN for good 3 weeks. I do have straight talk and I do believe it runs on att towers since I have the att sim in my phone correct? Atleast it does show the LTE when I'm out and about

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The headline is "AT&T lights up LTE in 12 markets across the nation, brings 4G to coverage to 300,000 more". Where are the editors? How could a headline be that botched and still make it on the site?