Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that AT&T is creating nearly 350 new jobs statewide, with the majority of them in South Florida, as part of efforts to expand and enhance its national wireless and wired IP broadband networks. The nearly 350 new jobs are among the more than 650 hiring’s that AT&T intends to fill across the state as part of their focus on their IP broadband networks and customer service. The positions will be posted as they become available at http://connect.att.jobs/.
Governor Scott said, “AT&T’s commitment to the creation of hundreds of jobs for families across the Sunshine State is further proof that our work to build a Florida that supports job growth is working. By cutting taxes, paying down debt and keeping the cost of living low, we’ve created nearly 300,000 private sector jobs in two years, and we’ll continue working hard to provide even more job opportunities to families across the state.”
Dozens of the new positions are the result of AT&T’s recently announced Project Velocity IP (Project VIP), a three-year $14 billion investment plan to expand and enhance its national wireless and wired IP broadband networks. As part of Project VIP, AT&T plans to increase the density of its wireless network by deploying more than 10,000 macro sites, more than 1,000 distributed antenna systems and more than 40,000 small cells.
“Governor Scott and Florida’s legislative leaders have created a climate for investment,” said AT&T Florida President Marshall Criser, lll. “The investment we’re making in our wireless and wired networks is essential to spurring Florida’s economy and creating jobs. In our wireless world, mobile and broadband networks create economic opportunities for health care, manufacturing, education, transportation and public safety, and virtually every other economic section.”
AT&T invested more than $2.8 billion in its Florida wireless and wireline networks from 2010 through 2012, with a focus on expanding 4G LTE mobile Internet coverage and enhancing the overall performance of its networks. More than 3,150 wireless network upgrades were completed statewide last year, including activating new cell sites, adding capacity, upgrading cell sites to provide fast 4G LTE mobile Internet speeds, deploying high-capacity Ethernet connections to cell sites, and adding or upgrading Distributed Antenna Systems, which boost wireless coverage and capacity in buildings and at major venues like convention halls or sports arenas.
AT&T also launched 4G LTE in 2012 in Orlando, Tampa-St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Bradenton, Naples, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Fort Myers, Daytona Beach, Pensacola, and Melbourne.