Champaign and Danville both figure into AT&T's wireless network expansion plans this year. The company said this week it plans to expand the footprint of its third-generation wireless broadband network to new cities, including Champaign, Kankakee, LaSalle, Ottawa and Peru, during 2009. It also plans to add more than 40 new cell sites in Illinois, including one in Danville, the company said.
AT&T's third-generation, or "3G," network delivers LaptopConnect users typical downlink speeds of 700 kilobits per second to 1.7 megabits per second and faster uplink speeds of 500 kilobits per second to 1.2 megabits per second. The company's 3G network is now available in nearly 350 metropolitan areas across the United States.
Company spokeswoman Meghan Roskopf said no further details of the Champaign and Danville investments were being made available yet.