CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -- AT&T has announced that it has turned on LTE in Chattanooga earlier than expected. The faster mobile speeds, which are about 10 times quicker than 3G service, should become automatically available on compatible devices.

The company initially planned to roll out the faster 4G cellular speeds before the end of summer, but activated the new network before summer even started.

MaryStewart Lewis, AT&T's regional director for external affairs in Tennessee, touted the increased rural broadband access that the faster 4G speeds will bring to East Tennessee.

"For many customers, especially rural residents with access to only satellite and dial-up broadband service, 4G LTE service provides an affordable high speed Internet access that fits their needs and provides fast Internet speeds like those available in larger cities," Lewis said.

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