CASPER, Wyo. — Union Wireless (Union Telephone Company) said on Wednesday, July 29 that they will invest $100 million over the next two years to expand their mobile wireless network in Wyoming, parts of Northern Colorado and Utah and southern Montana.
“Union will also continue its investment in its fiber optic backbone and broadband service delivery,” the company’s press release states.
Union says the investment comes in partnership with CoBank. Union says they were selected by AT&T to help deploy a “FirstNet” high-speed nationwide broadband network “purpose-built specifically for America’s first responders” in Wyoming.
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“Based on the collaboration with AT&T, Union Telephone Company will help build out additional LTE coverage and add Band 14 across rural communities in the state,” the release states. “Band 14 spectrum is high-quality spectrum set aside by the government specifically for FirstNet that provides public safety with a dedicated lane of connectivity when needed.”
“The investment will not only support mobile connectivity among first responders across the country, but it will allow increased and improved coverage for Union’s local customers. The network upgrade includes the construction of and modification to cellular towers and improvements to middle mile infrastructure.”
Union’s Chief Customer Relations Officer Brian Woody saod of the investment: “Union Telephone is proud to partner with CoBank and AT&T on this important public safety initiative. Reliable wireless coverage keeps workers safe, families connected, and communities engaged.”
Union say they own and operate 396 cell towers.
“On an annual basis, the company invests $20 million of capital expenditure into Wyoming with the deployment of fiber optics and the installation of technology that enhances traditional telecommunications infrastructure, allowing high-grade voice, wireless, and broadband services,” the company adds.
Union say they employ 284 people in Wyoming and are headquartered in Mountain View.
This article originally appeared on Oil City News. Used with permission.