AT&T recently upgraded seven existing towers in Barry County to provide mobile Internet service to customers in Cassville, Purdy, Butterfield, Exeter and Washburn.
"Demand for wireless bandwidth is growing rapidly, and we want to meet that demand for our customers in southwest Missouri," said John Sondag, president of AT&T's Missouri division. "AT&T's recent investments in Barry and McDonald counties and the ongoing investment throughout Missouri will ensure that our customers have access to the wireless services that help drive economic growth."
The upgraded services will allow customers to talk on cell phones while using Internet-based applications.
"So you can look up directions while still talking on the phone, or send an email while chatting with a friend," said Katie Nagus, AT&T senior public relations manager. "It also provides a better experience for voice calls and provides access to thousands of mobile applications, depending on the device."
AT&T invested over $2.3 billion in its wireline and wireless networks in Missouri from 2008 through 2011.