By Edward Cardenas

SOUTHFIELD (CBS Detroit) – AT&T announced that the company has invested more than $1.7 billion in Michigan during the past three years.

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The investment included new cell sites and new high-speed Internet network connections.

“With a growing range of connected home appliances, cars and wearable devices, we depend more on network connectivity than ever before,” said Jim Murray, president, AT&T Michigan, in a release. “AT&T’s continued investment in Michigan brings a host of new, innovative opportunities for residents and businesses to connect with each other and their customers.”

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The improvements are part of the company’s Project Velocity IP (VIP) to provide better and faster service to business and residential customers, AT&T stated.

Across the state, AT&T established 34 new cell sites and made 49 capacity additions. There were also 38 new mobile Internet network connections and 392 new wireless high-speed Internet network connections.

These improvements included new site builds in communities including Grosse Pointe Woods, Lansing and Ypsilanti. AT&T also added or expanded 4G LTE in communities including Battle Creek and Birch Run along with capacity upgrades in cities such as Detroit, Ann Arbor and Troy.

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“AT&T’s investment over the past three years is another example of the economic comeback we’re experiencing in Michigan,” said Steve Arwood, CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, in a release. “With unemployment the lowest since 2002, it’s due in part to companies like this who are committed to our state and investing in opportunities for residents and businesses.”