Happy new year!
In Georgia, we are fortunate to have leaders who understand the importance of positioning our state as a place where businesses want to invest capital, bring jobs and help strengthen communities. Many of these leaders convened last week in Atlanta for the 2018 regular legislative session. In the coming months, high-speed internet access in rural areas and building next generation wireless networks will be among the key issues discussed.
At AT&T, we understand high-speed internet access is important, and we are constantly investing and innovating, working to provide what consumers are demanding – anytime, anywhere connectivity. To that end, AT&T invested more than $5 billion in our Georgia wireless and wired networks from 2014 to 2016.
As we work to enhance high-speed internet access in rural communities, we are excited that by deploying our Fixed Wireless Internet (FWI) service we are able to bring new opportunity to mostly rural, high-cost areas through our participation in the Connect America Fund II program. We launched Fixed Wireless Internet in Georgia last April and recently announced parts of 44 counties in our state are already being offered this innovative service. In Georgia alone, we plan to provide access to more than 67,000 homes and small businesses in the FCC-identified census blocks by 2020.
And, so we can continue providing the best possible experience for our customers, AT&T Georgia is supporting House Bill 533. HB 533, sponsored by Representative Brett Harrell, provides a framework for the deployment of small cells and AirGig antennas. Small cells are important wireless infrastructure that will help us enhance our existing networks today and prepare for the technologies of the future, such as 5G, smart cities and the Internet of Things.
It's an exciting time to be in our industry, and I appreciate your work that makes our company a success — for our customers and our state.
President — AT&T Georgia
Fixed Wireless Internet
We are proud to have recently announced that AT&T Fixed Wireless Internet is already being offered in parts of the following 44 Georgia counties: Appling, Baker, Bleckley, Burke, Butts, Carroll, Chattahoochee, Cook, Crisp, Decatur, Dodge, Echols, Elbert, Emanuel, Evans, Fulton, Greene, Hancock, Haralson, Jasper, Jeff Davis, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson, Lamar, Lanier, Laurens, Lee, Lowndes, McDuffie, Miller, Mitchell, Monroe, Morgan, Pierce, Pike, Sumter, Thomas, Toombs, Ware, Warren, Washington, Wayne and Worth.
Project AirGig could be a game-changer for those living in rural areas. There are two trials in the current phase of the project. AT&T launched the first trial this fall with an electricity provider outside the U.S. And, we just launched the second trial here in rural Georgia working with Georgia Power. It is our hope that AirGig could one day be deployed in many areas not served by high speed internet today.
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