AT&T has expanded fixed wireless internet to nine more states in a move that will boost penetration to the benefit of residents as well as small businesses. This brings the number of states covered by the service to 18 after the rollout began earlier in the year. The rollout is part of the commitment the wireless and wired carrier made to the FCC Connect America Fund. Basic monthly cost of the fixed wireless internet product will be $60 but charges may increase based on consumption.
The nine states in which the service is now available include Wisconsin, Texas, Ohio, Michigan, Kansas, Indiana, Illinois, California and Arkansas. States in which the service was already available include Louisiana, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Mississippi, Kentucky, Florida, Georgia and Alabama.
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In Texas some of the counties that are expected to benefit include Bandera, Waller, Bee, DeWitt, Hardin, Jasper, Liberty, Leon, Marion, Nacogdoches, Milam, Palo Pinto, Robertson, Panola, Rusk, San Augustine, Sabine, Shelby, Tyler, Smith, Harrison, Uvalde, Dimmit, Victoria, Camp, and Walker. By 2020 98,000 locations in the state of Texas are expected to be covered.
It is expected that the rollout of the fixed wireless internet to more rural communities and families will assist in offering more diverse content at faster speeds and at cheaper prices. This is also expected to deliver economic benefits as new jobs will be created as a result.
Nationwide the number of locations that AT&T delivers fixed wireless internet has reached 160,000. The telecommunications giant intends to increase the number of locations to more than 400,000 before the end of this calendar year. By 2020 AT&T expects the number of locations connected to the fixed wireless internet to have increased to more than one million.
The upload speeds of the fixed wireless internet product is a minimum of 1Mbps while the download speeds is a minimum of 10Mbps. The connection is provided by an antenna which is fixed on the home or business of customer. This has been found to be a highly efficient method of delivering high-speed and high-quality internet to customers in rural areas that are underserved.
“Closing the connectivity gap is a top priority for us. Access to fast and reliable internet is a game changer in today’s world. This service will bring countless opportunities for more customers in underserved rural locations,” said AT&T’s vice president for internet products and wired voice, Cheryl Choy.