AT&T has added a new cell tower to its 4G LTE network along Bardstown Road in Eliza­beth­town to help give customers more reliable wireless service.

The towers used to provide this service are connected to AT&T’s network using fiber optics. AT&T has nearly 1.5 million strand miles of fiber optics covering Ken­tucky which enables the company to offer products and services delivering with high-speed connectivity.

“In today’s economy, telecommunications con­tin­ue to play an in­creased role and is an im­portant factor in re­gard to economic de­vel­op­ment,” state Sen. Dennis Parrett said in the company’s news release.

Hank Mangeot, re­gion­al director of ex­ter­nal affairs, AT&T Ken­tucky, said the company is com­mitted to pro­viding fast, reliable and secure service “and the network expansion in Eliza­beth­town is a result of that commitment.”

He said the 4G LTE network serves as the foundation for 5G, the next advance in network technologies.

The added coverage also benefits public safety and first responders on FirstNet, the public safety’s dedicated communications platform, Mangeot said. FirstNet is being built with AT&T in a public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority.