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Governor Justice, T-Mobile announce $200M+ investment in West Virginia

During a press event at the West Virginia State Capitol today, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice, along with T-Mobile executive Edwige Robinson, highlighted the impact of a $200 million investment from T-Mobile (NASDAQ: TMUS) in the Mountain State.

The investment has had a striking impact on the citizens and businesses of West Virginia, a state that has often been left behind by technology’s march. For example, West Virginia, with mountainous terrain and low population density, has traditionally been ranked near the bottom of studies comparing the availability of high-speed broadband and mobile service across all 50 states.

Now, partly a result of T-Mobile investments, West Virginia is on an upward trajectory. One recent study showed a 66 percent increase in median download speeds in West Virginia from 2022 to 2023 alone!

“West Virginia’s journey towards improved connectivity is a testament to the power of collaboration,” said Governor Justice. “We’ve been working diligently with T-Mobile and other partners, to ensure that all corners of our state have access to the tools and resources they need to thrive in the digital age. The $200 million investment by T-Mobile is a game-changer, contributing to wider 5G coverage and faster internet speeds for West Virginians. We are incredibly grateful for their investment in our state; it’s a testament to the power of partnerships and our collective commitment to building a brighter future for all West Virginians.”

Through a merger with Sprint in 2020, T-Mobile has made a massive commitment to improve Internet connectivity and mobile service for rural and small-town America. In 2021, T-Mobile doubled down on its commitment to West Virginia when it finalized its acquisition of Shentel Wireless, one of the primary mobile service providers in West Virginia. Since then, the Un-carrier has invested an additional $200 million to upgrade 5G service via 377 new towers and upgrades to 121 existing towers.

CT Bureau

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