Hopefully, the days of dropped calls and no bars are gone. AT&T Mobility officially marked the activation of a new cell site in Cushing with a ribbon-cutting ceremony held Friday afternoon.

Those attending the ceremony included several AT&T representatives, Mayor John Henckel, Chamber director Holly Tichenor, Oklahoma Senator Jim Halligan, Representative Lee Denney as well as many members of the Cushing Chamber.

For several months AT&T worked with Cushing officials to find a tower location that would provide the best coverage to both the company and the city. The tower, built at a cost of approximately $300,000, is located in Cushing Memorial Park.

Mayor Henckel commended AT&T not only for working with the city in developing a plan to build a tower that everyone could be happy with, but for their generous donation of $10,000 toward the new skate park that is currently in the works.

“It will provide another avenue for our youth to expend some of that energy,” Henckel said with a chuckle.

AT&T area manager of External Affairs Jerry Bayliss made a point of thanking “Oklahoma’s elected officials” for”creating the right environment for new business investment.”

Rep. Denney and Senator Halligan both agreed that providing the latest technology to rural communities such as Cushing is imperative in this new age of high-speed internet and the reliance on cell phone service.

“Our patience has paid off,” said Denney.

Vice president and general manager for AT&T’s wireless operations in Oklahoma and Arkansas stated, “It is our goal to ensure that AT&T customer have the very best wireless experience, which includes unmatched coverage and quality of service.”

To find out more details about AT&T’s wireless coverage anywhere in Oklahoma or the United States, go to www.wireless.att.com/coverageviewer/