AT&T Snaps Up Another Regional Provider’s Wireless Assets

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AT&T is buying the wireless network assets of Long Lines, a communications provider in the Midwest. Long Lines didn’t disclose the sale price.

Sergeant Bluff, Iowa-based Long Lines, which offers phone, cable, Internet and wireless services to customers in four states, launched its wireless division in 2006 to provide better coverage and service to the rural communities and urban centers in the Upper Midwest.

AT&T Mobility has also agreed to purchase transport services from Long Lines utilizing its fiber-optic network. The transaction does not affect any of Long Lines’ non-wireless network services.

Expect the sale to wrap in the fourth quarter, assuming all closing and regulatory conditions are met. Prior to the sale, Long Lines Wireless customers will see no changes in their services or their wireless bills, and all Long Lines Wireless stores will remain open for at least six months after the sale, the company said.

“Regional wireless providers have limited access to the latest smartphones and other devices, and it has become increasingly difficult for Long Lines Wireless to meet the digital mobile needs of our customers,” said Brent Olson, Long Lines CEO. “We concluded that Long Lines could best serve our customers by focusing our attention and investing our resources in providing new features for our non-wireless services including voice, broadband services, and cable TV, and in expanding our fiber-optic network to reach more communities and customers. Long Lines remains committed to our customers and will continue to provide the most dependable and reliable service our customers need and expect.”

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