Connecting California’s Rural Communities
Bringing Internet access to 141,000 rural, remote and hard-to-reach homes and small businesses
Internet access changes everything. If you have access, you can join the millions of Californians who take online courses, remotely connect with a doctor, stay connected with friends and family or use life-saving apps in emergencies. We’re proud to invest in communications networks across the state to help all Californians succeed in the 21st century.
Investing in California's Infrastructure
AT&T has invested more than $7.25 billion in its wired and wireless networks in California from 2013-2015 – private investment on the scale of public infrastructure spending.
More than 96% of Californians now have access to “fixed” high-speed Internet access and 99% have access to wireless. And according to one recent study, there are more than 130 Internet providers in the state.
Even so, too many rural communities don’t have the high-speed Internet access they need. With smaller population centers, greater distances between customers and rugged terrains mean there are many rural locations where the market does not support network expansion.
Doing our part to connect California's rural communities
We’re doing our part to connect California’s rural communities. For example, AT&T announced that it will participate in the Connect America Fund in 18 states across the country, including California. Over the next five years, we’ll deliver high-speed Internet access through that program to more than 141,000 California rural homes and small businesses. It’s just part of what we’re doing across California.
Along California’s North Coast, we’re upgrading our network to significantly enhance our network’s resiliency and protect services from interruptions caused by fiber damage.
We now offer a new high-speed, affordable Internet plan for as little as $5 per month called Access from AT&T. Access from AT&T provides home Internet access to qualifying low-income California households with at least one resident who receives Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or Supplemental Security Income benefits.
AT&T is the predominant infrastructure provider for the California Telehealth Network, which increases access to healthcare through the innovative use of technology, particularly in rural areas.
AT&T Fiber is expanding fast 1 gigabit Internet speeds to homes, apartments and small businesses across California, including communities such as Roseville, Lodi, Stockton, Modesto, Visalia and Bakersfield.
We offer our customers affordable high-performance devices, including a tablet computer for only 99 cents.
The economic benefits of high-speed Internet access are many. As many as 20 jobs are created for every $1 million invested in Internet infrastructure. Consumer Internet access has contributed an average of $34 billion per year to the U.S. economy since 2002.
More importantly, Internet access is the future. It’s the future of healthcare, emergency response, education and so much more. We’re proud to be working help more and more communities get connected with that future.
Ken McNeely is President of AT&T California.