AT&T has announced that it has made available fiber-optic internet service to three major industrial parks of Limestone County – Elm Industrial Park, Breeding Industrial Park, and South Point Business Park. The telecom major, which is one of the best internet providers in the country, made this announcement at the Calhoun Community College Robotics Technology Park in Tanner.
This latest upgrade in connectivity has resulted in certifying the business parks in Alabama as AT&T’s Fiber Ready sites. Furthermore, it will enable the companies and organizations in the industrial parks to have access to faster and cheap internet services.
The Fiber Ready certification has significant benefits for the Limestone County. It brings about more competitiveness in the field and aid in better job creation across the state. AT&T Regional Director of Communications, Dave Hargrove said, “While we continue to invest, innovate and improve our networks, our services and our products to meet our customer demands, we’re listening to economic development leaders like Tom and others to establish the tools that they tell us they’re going to have to have to be competitive.”
AT&T’s fiber network offers the necessary bandwidth to include high data services like cloud services, video conferencing, and collaboration for various needs pertaining to enterprise and business. In addition, this will result in the availability of more products such as AT&T Business Fiber, Ethernet, Managed Internet Service, and Virtual Private Networking (VPN).
The Telco giant has been developing both wired and wireless networks in Alabama since 2013 and has already made a considerable investment of $1.2 billion in the area. Tom Hill, Executive Director of the Limestone County Economic Development Association said, “In economic development, you’re always competing with other states and other sites. To have something that’s fiber ready that can be connected to the company during their construction period gives us an advantage over a lot of locations.”
Hill further stated that AT&T’s deployment of fiber cheap internet service is a major boon to many businesses in the region like automotive suppliers, manufacturing companies, and warehouse distributors. He said, “The companies nowadays want the fastest possible connections that they can get and I think would AT&T would be able to provide that.”
Moreover, the company has been keen in its expansion of fiber internet to various parts of the country. Recently, it has extended a one-gigabit connection on its fiber network to both residential and commercial users in the Huntsville region as well as in Athens and Florence.