Connecticut commuters will benefit from new public-private partnership

Governor Ned Lamont’s stated vision for a connected and cutting-edge Connecticut took a step forward last week when he announced an important public-private partnership.

Dear Friend,

Governor Ned Lamont’s stated vision for a connected and cutting-edge Connecticut took a step forward last week when he announced an important public-private partnership. On Monday, January 6, 2020, I joined the Governor, along with several other state and local officials, at the South Norwalk Railroad Station to unveil planned enhancements along the Metro North rail line — enhancements that will greatly benefit commuters today and also lay the foundation for the next generation of technology.

Specifically, the state has worked with AT&T to make its right-of-way along the rail line available for the expedited placement of small cells and related equipment. In turn, AT&T will use this access to install a series of small cell nodes. These wireless facilities will work in tandem with our existing network to provide better coverage and higher data speeds to customers using their devices while traveling on Metro North.

Our network enhancements will provide 4G LTE service today, which we can upgrade, via software, to 5G as that technology matures and customer demand calls for it. Consistent with Governor Lamont’s vision, AT&T remains committed to continue working closely with the newly created 5G Council, the Governor’s Office, and Connecticut’s Department of Transportation to enhance existing 4G LTE service and expand 5G to the state.

In fact, on November 22, 2019, AT&T announced that our 5G network will launch over low-band spectrum in several New England cities, including Bridgeport, CT.

Below you can read some media coverage about the Metro North announcement, 5G in Connecticut, and how it all will benefit commuters and customers.


John Emra
President – AT&T Connecticut 

Winter 2019

"Lamont announces partnership with AT&T to expand cellular service on New Haven commuter rail line" in the Hartford Courant — Gov. Ned Lamont announced a new partnership with AT&T on Monday that aims to eliminate cellular service dead zones on the commuter rail line between New Haven and Manhattan and lay the groundwork for 5G service in the state.

"The next big thing: 5G technology begins to take root in Connecticut" in the Republican-American — With a new decade comes the next generation of wireless technology: 5G. Carriers already have debuted a slow version of 5G, which promises faster connection and download speeds, in some parts of Connecticut.

John Emra is the president of AT&T New England. John leads the New England External and Legislative Affairs team which includes Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. He works closely with community leaders, legislators and other policymakers, as well as local and regional business leaders and customers, to help meet AT&T’s objective of connecting people with technology everywhere they live and work.

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