AT&T® has launched its Fixed Wireless Internet in many of the rural and underserved locations in Cleveland County. The fastest internet provider has declared that they extended the Fixed Wireless Internet initially to both rural and underserved locations in North Carolina ell. As a part of the FCC Connect America Fund, AT&T® has undertaken this provision of enabling internet connectivity to the regions. Moreover, AT&T® also intends to extend its best internet service to more than 400,000 locations by the end of 2017 and to about 1.1 million locations by the year 2020.
AT&T® jointly announced its Fixed Wireless Internet plan with the state and local leaders of Cleveland County. House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) said, “More and more, whether you are in urban or rural areas, high-speed connectivity is vital. I am excited to see this newly available service bringing needed connectivity to our rural communities in Cleveland County and across the state. Announcements like this underline the importance of policies which encourage ongoing private investment in the networks which deliver advanced technologies to North Carolinians.”
The telecom provider has set high expectations regarding its internet expansion in North Carolina with plans that aim to cover over 13,000 locations by 2020. This initial offering from AT&T® will provide the residents and business owners located in the rural communities across the state in accessing the Fixed Wireless Internet. AT&T®, by expanding its best internet connectivity program to the rural and underserved locations, aims to bridge the digital divide that is largely prevailing in the country.
Carlos E. Sanchez, state director of external affairs for AT&T® North Carolina stated, “The nearly 6,500 men and women who work for AT&T® and call North Carolina home, are proud to work with our local, state and federal leadership to provide the connectivity that North Carolina’s residents and businesses demand. Through this innovative service, we are working to close the connectivity gap in North Carolina.”
Fixed Wireless Internet is a service offered by AT&T® that gives home internet connectivity with download speeds of about 10 Mbps. The internet connections are delivered through wireless towers distributed across the regions into the fixed antenna positioned on homes and businesses. In addition, AT&T® has also launched its Fixed Wireless Internet Service in various states such as Florida, Mississippi, Kentucky, Louisiana, Alabama, South Carolina, and Tennessee.