AT&T has just announced that it’s planning to spend $14 billion on network improvements, which will see LTE spread to almost the entire country by the end of 2014.
The plan will see $8 billion spent on bringing 4G LTE to 300 million people over the next two years, which should cover the vast majority of the people in the United States.
The rest of that money will go towards expanding the wired broadband network to 75% of AT&T’s customer locations by the end of 2015, and getting fiber out to 1 million more businesses at that same pont.
Verizon’s LTE advertising platform has long rested on it covering more parts of the country than AT&T and other carriers — this major expansion should put paid to that idea. However, what remains to be seen just how “long term evolution” AT&T’s LTE actually is, and if we’ll have to go through this whole song and dance again in a year or two with whatever the post 4G technology ends up being.