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Mayor Julius Alsandor and Opelousas Downtown Development District Chair Lena Charles officially cut the ribbon for the newly installed AT&T Data Tower located on Laurent St. This new tower provides expanded 5G coverage within a 3-5 mile radius and offers FirstNet accessibility for first responders.

FirstNet is the only nationwide wireless communications network specifically designed and built for first responders and the extended public safety community, ensuring they have prioritized access in emergencies.

Mayor Alsandor highlighted the significance of this development, stating, “This is a significant effort to grow the city economically while having the connectivity and resources available for our first responders.”

In the coming months, AT&T plans to install additional fiber, replace existing fiber, and improve the older network, further enhancing connectivity in Opelousas.

AT&T Louisiana State President David Aubrey emphasized the company’s commitment to ongoing investment in Opelousas, stating, “There is a need for ongoing investment in Opelousas for connectivity, and we have made a commitment in the state to continue that expansion and investment.”

AT&T representatives Levar Greenhouse, Area Manager of External Affairs,  Chad Martichuski, Senior Specialist Sales Event Lead and Kevin Milton, along with Councilwoman Sherell Roberts, ODD Board Members Patrick Fontenot and Lena Charles, joined Mayor Alsandor at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.