This week, AT&T confirmed to Mobile World Live that they plan to launch high-speed wireless home Internet in rural America using the 3.5 GHz band, which is often called the Citizens Broadband Radio Service.
This will allow AT&T to offer high-speed Internet to rural Americans using a fixed wireless service separate from its current 5G service.
AT&T is not alone in this push. Amazon has also asked the FCC to let them test a 3.5GHz home Internet service. This is part of Amazon’s push to become a home Internet provider.
The 3.5 GHz spectrum is very busy in large cities, but in rural America, it’s a much more open spectrum—perfect for high-speed Internet. Or at least that is the hope of companies like AT&T and Amazon, who are trying to use the spectrum for home Internet.
The 3.5 GHz spectrum is still far off from becoming publicly available for a service like this, but testing has started. This could be a great option to cover large open areas with high-speed Internet.
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