Last month, at events across Tennessee, state legislators and local leaders joined AT&T teams to announce the availability of high-speed internet access in Athens, Bybee, Decatur, Hickory Valley, Parrottsville, Newport, Rogersville, Spring City, Surgoinsville, Troy and Waverly.
Tennesseans living in rural communities like these know connectivity is key to economic prosperity - and they can't afford to lag behind urban areas when it comes to deployment of broadband infrastructure. That's why we are proud to say that these are just the beginning of many more announcements AT&T will make in rural communities across our state.
Bringing broadband to rural America can be especially costly and complex, but AT&T is overcoming obstacles to rural deployment by using an innovative solution - fixed wireless internet.
Fixed Wireless Internet enables us to take advantage of the fiber and cell towers we deployed for mobile broadband access and enhanced with additional fiber and electronics to deliver 4G LTE. Our Network colleagues have added new types of antennae to these towers, enabling us to deliver internet access, with a minimum download speed of 10Mbps, to hundreds of rural customers living near the towers using a new type of receiver at customer’s homes.
Using Fixed wireless internet access, we will be able to deliver new high-speed internet access connections to more than 32,000 rural Tennessee locations by year end - on our way to more than 81,000 new rural connections by 2020.
Fixed Wireless Internet is just one way in which our AT&T Tennessee colleagues transform our investments into the high-speed connectivity that our Tennessee neighbors demand. For more information on Fixed-Wireless Internet from AT&T, visit att.com/internet/fixed-wireless.html.
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