AT&T Today announced it completed a first wave of Fixed Wireless Internet availability for rural and undeserved locations in Georgia. This new wireless internet service is part of our FCC Connect America Fund commitment to serve over 400,000 locations by the end of 2017 and over 1.1 million locations by 2020.
The work in Georgia is expanding to 17 more states this year. Those additional 17 states are: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.
The Fixed Wireless Internet delivers a home internet connection with download speeds of at least 10Mbps. The connection comes from a wireless tower to a fixed antenna on customers’ homes or businesses.
“Access to the internet is an important tool for advancing opportunities in communities. It creates economic growth, helps increase community engagement and makes education accessible,” said Eric Boyer, senior vice president, Wireless and Wired Product Marketing at AT&T. “We’re committed to utilizing available technologies to connect hard-to-reach locations.”
“AT&T’s Fixed Wireless Internet service is a great example of the innovative thinking necessary to bring high-speed internet to rural and under-served communities,” said Betsy Huber, president of the National Grange. “When you consider that farmers, ranchers and other rural residents are also small business owners, the need for high-speed internet becomes obvious. This is a milestone in communications services for rural and small-town America.”
AT&T says the service will cost $60 per month with a one-year contract, or $70 per month without a contract. If you also have a service with AT&T wireless or DIRECTV will pay $50 per month, or $60 per month without a contract.
The pricing and 160 GB data cap of the test may not be what you want. Yet for many Americans this is a huge improvement over the satellite internet that is their current only option. As with all new services they always cost more at launch and prices come down as competition grows.
AT&T says they plan to reach over 67,000 locations with this technology across Georgia by 2020. We’ll provide updates about additional availability in parts of Georgia, and other states, as we expand Fixed Wireless Internet to more locations.
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