AT & T Expands Wireless Coverage in Bernie

On Septeber 23, 2009 AT&T's new cell tower site in Bernie was dedicated during a ribbon cutting ceremony.  This new tower provides new AT&T wireless coverage and call quality not only for the Bernie community, but along Hwy 25 between Dexter and Malden.  The new tower in Bernie is one of about 55 new cell sites slated for the state of Missouri in 2009. 

Present for the ceremony and pictured from left to right are:  Councilman Ivan Mekan, Councilman Butch Barnes, State Representative Billy Pat Wright, Councilman Todd Young, State Senator Rob Mayer, City Superintendent Charlie Dean, AT&T Regional Director Marsha Haskell, Mayor James H. Tilmon, State Representative Tom Todd,  Councilwoman Kristy Barnes, Police Chief Justin Allen, and Bernie School Board member Joyce Overby.

"We are committed to providing Missouri excellent communications services," said Nancy Garvey, vice president and general manager Greater Midwest Region, AT&T Mobility and Consumber Markets.  "We are keeping that commitment by adding new wireless coverage, ensuring high levels of reliability and offering exciting products to help our customers stay connected with their world, everywhere they live and work."

Customers will now e able to use AT&T mobile devices in an expanded area, and will have access to the wireless network witht he best global coverage, as well as the nation's premier lineup of innovative wireless and wireline products and services.

Bernie Mayor James H. Tilmon praised local legislators for their efforts in Jefferson City, which encouraged investment in the wireless technology.  "We are fortunate to have leaders like State Senator Rob Mayor, who set good public policy that enrourages new technology and innovation throughout Missouri," said Mayor Tilmon.  "He and his colleagues have paved the way for this investment, and as a result of their leadership the lives of everyday individuals and families will be enhanced and our businesses will stay competitive."

Senator Mayer said: "Technology and communications have a tremendous impact on the economy, education and the way people go about their daily lives.  I have worked to help bring new technology to our community, and it's good to see this important step taking place."