AT&T Expands Access to High Speed Internet in Local Rural, Underserved Areas
Standing in front of one of AT&T's service towers is AT&T Tennessee Regional Director of External and Legislative Affairs Kathy Sager, State Representative Johnny Shaw holding a fixed antenna service box and Jackson Chamber President/CEO Kyle Spurgeon.
On October 30, AT&T* Fixed Wireless Internet(1) for rural and underserved locations is now available to residents and small businesses in parts of Madison County, including parts of Denmark, Jackson, Medon, Mercer and Pinson.
This rollout, now in 18 states, began in 2017. The company now offers Fixed Wireless Internet to over 440,000 locations across 18 states with plans to provide access to over 1.1 million locations by the end of 2020.
“My colleagues and I in the legislature have worked hard to create an environment that encourages the deployment of high-speed connectivity, particularly in rural Tennessee, so I am pleased to see this innovative service coming to Madison County,” said State Senator Ed Jackson.
“This expansion of internet access to rural residents is such good news,” said State Representative Johnny Shaw. “Technology infrastructure is an integral part of our community being economically competitive and this last mile solution ensures our families and businesses have the connections they need.”
Shaw, and advocate for internet expansion to rural and underserved areas, talks with local media.
Fixed Wireless Internet service delivers an internet connection with download speeds of at least 10Mbps and upload speeds of at least 1Mbps. The connection comes from a wireless tower to a fixed antenna on a customer’s home or business. This is an efficient way to deliver high-quality, high-speed internet to customers living in underserved rural areas.
The towers used to provide this service are connected to AT&T’s network using AT&T fiber optics. AT&T has more than 2.7 million strand miles of AT&T fiber optics covering Tennessee, which enables the company to offer a wide variety of products and services delivering the high-speed connectivity Tennessee businesses and residents need.
“I have no doubt that the constant support and hard work of our state and local leaders has kept the need for access to high-speed internet as a priority for rural Tennessee,” said Mandy White, Senior Vice President for Economic Development, Jackson Chamber. “Today’s announcement is a product of their commitment to this community, and this expanded connectivity will benefit residents and businesses throughout Madison County.”
“AT&T is proud to work with our local, state and federal leadership to provide the connectivity Tennessee’s residents and businesses demand,” said AT&T Tennessee Regional Director of External and Legislative Affairs Kathy Sager. “Through this new AT&T service, we are helping close the remaining connectivity gap in our state.”
In addition to Tennessee, AT&T Fixed Wireless Internet is available to residents and businesses in parts of Alabama, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin.
Learn more here about Fixed Wireless Internet from AT&T.
(1)Includes 170GB data allowance per month. Req’s installation of AT&T outdoor antenna & indoor Residential Gateway. $10/50GB of additional data up to a max of $200/mo.
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