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AT&T Launches 4G LTE for Tri-City Area

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TRI-CITIES, Wash. - AT&T customers living in the Tri-City area are now joining 11 other additional Washington markets who have launched 4G LTE in the nine months. 

AT&T launched its 4G LTE network in Kennewick, Pasco, Richland, Benton City, Prosser and Grandview. Customers living in those areas will now experience the speed and capabilities that AT&T calls the nation's fastest 4G LTE network.   

The phone company invested more than $1.8 billion in Washington networks from 2010 to 2012, and made approximately 20 Wireless Network Upgrades in Kennewick, Pasco, Richland, Walla Walla and Yakima, including activating new cell sites, adding capacity, and upgrading cell sites.

The greater Seattle area, Aberdeen, Anacortes, Centralia, Longview, Mount Vernon, Shelton, Port Townsend/Whidbey Island/Camano Island, Pullman, Spokane and Tacoma have 4G LTE as well.

AT&T says the LTE technology offers faster response time and lower latency, or the processing time it takes to move data through a network, like downloading a webpage or file. Lower latency also helps improve services like mobile gaming, two-way video calling and telemedicine. 

The company says the network also has a more efficient use of spectrum. Wireless spectrum is a finite resource, and LTE uses spectrum more efficiently than other technologies, creating more space to carry data traffic and services and to deliver a better network experience.