News 12 first at five, April 7, 2009
AUGUSTA,Ga---Each year Augusta National draws thousands to Washington Road. You''ll enjoy an an added bonus this year. AT&T is boosting wireless service.
It's called 3G or 3rd Generation technology. You'll have access to live and on-demand Masters programming, including play-by-play action, live coverage of the 15th and 16th holes and player interviews.
This is phase one of a plan to bring faster wireless service to Georgia and South Carolina.
As players tee up for the masters, AT & T is launching the nation's fastest wireless network in Augusta.
"Well," said Pam Hart. "It's really fast now."
Pam was taken back by 3G technology that is expected to boost her ability to talk and send emails by as much as 500 percent.
"I pick up my phone and I make calls and I occasionally check my bank account on it," said Pam. "That's it."
"It's very useful for somebody like me," said Justin Rye. "I spend a lot of time on-line."
Justin is always on the look out for the latest thing.
"I asked when is 3G going to be in Augusta," said Justin. "They said probably in September of this year. That was July of 2 years ago."
AT&T spent more than $3 billion in Georgia over the past few years to get the network up and running in time for the 2009 Masters.
"With the influx of patrons coming to Augusta we definitely want to make sure that they have the best quality experience," said Carl Davis who is with AT&T.
Augusta is bridging the gap between the young and the young heart.
"It's wonderful," said Pam. "I'm glad that our little kids are coming up with it, because the old people like me it's really hard for us to learn these new things."
The technology covers about 30 square miles around the Masters and the northern half of Augusta. The second phase will include Fort Gordon, Graniteville, and Aiken, South Carolina.