One of the best internet providers of the country, AT&T® recently announced the expansion of fixed wireless services offered by them to underserved and rural areas in eight new states. Initially, the service was launched by AT&T® in Georgia and the service has now reached 70,000 plus locations mainly in the underserved areas in these 9 states.
The investment of AT&T® to connect rural locations of the country with fixed wireless internet service is made as part of the FCC Connect America Fund. The plan of AT&T® is to serve more than forty thousand locations by the end of 2017 and more than 1.1 million locations by the end of 2020. The new states to which the service has been expanded include Alabama, Kentucky, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Tennessee.
“We’re committed to connect hard-to reach locations to the internet. This changes lives and creates economic growth for these areas,” said Cheryl Choy, who is the vice president for wired voice and internet products, AT&T®. Reports say that AT&T® is planning to expand their fixed wireless services to eighteen more states this year. Additionally, the service will reach states like California, Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Indiana, Ohio, Texas, Michigan, and Wisconsin in the days to come.
The Fixed Wireless Internet service from AT&T® offers download speeds of minimum 10 Mbps to the subscribers and includes a data bucket of 160 GB per month. For additional, data, the users will need to pay ten dollars per fifty GB of data up to a maximum range of two hundred dollars per month. The fixed wireless connection comes from a tower to fixed antennas at the customer location. The users will need to install outdoor antenna and indoor Residential Gateway provided by AT&T® to get access to the high-speed internet service in rural areas.
The Fixed Wireless Internet service from AT&T® is available in some of the select regions of the country typically the rural areas, whereas Wireless Home Phone and Internet service is available throughout the wireless footprint of the service provider. The Fixed Wireless Internet service from AT&T® offers download speed of 10 Mbps, whereas the Wireless Home Phone and Internet service offers 5 to 12 Mbps speeds.
AT&T® relies on LTE signal from cell phone towers for the working of the Fixes Wireless Internet service. Executives from AT&T® said that terrain, network capacity, foliage, and weather could affect the quality of service. The Fixed Wireless Internet service from AT&T® is available for installation in just ten business days after the order has been placed.