Recent Fixed Wireless Deployments Bring High-Speed Internet Service to more than 27,000 Rural Locations in Parts of 46 Counties
100% Fiber-Optic Internet Powered by AT&T Fiber Available at more than 725,000 Georgia Locations
ATLANTA, Jan. 29, 2018 —AT&T* has expanded internet access in communities throughout Georgia to better serve those in rural and urban areas alike.
As part of our FCC Connect America Fund commitment, AT&T has deployed high-speed internet service to rural and unserved locations in parts of 46 counties serving more than 27,000 Georgia locations. For much of this rural deployment, AT&T is using its Fixed Wireless Internet service. Launched in Georgia in May 2017, this innovative service delivers an internet connection with download speeds of at least 10 Mbps and upload speeds of at least 1 Mbps. The connection comes from a wireless tower to a fixed antenna on customers’ homes or businesses. These towers are fed by part of the more than 4 million strand miles of AT&T fiber optics that cover Georgia.
“In today’s digital economy, access to reliable broadband service is critical. I’m pleased with the continued investment from AT&T,” said Lt. Governor Casey Cagle. “With the use of multiple technologies across Georgia, we can close the access gaps that exist in some of our rural communities, allowing us to compete for the best jobs and grow economic opportunity for all Georgians.”
Parts of the following 46 counties in Georgia are now eligible for this internet service from AT&T: Appling, Baker, Bleckley, Burke, Butts, Carroll, Chattahoochee, Cook, Crisp, Decatur, Dodge, Echols, Elbert, Emanuel, Evans, Fulton, Grady, Greene, Hancock, Haralson, Jasper, Jeff Davis, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson, Lamar, Lanier, Laurens, Lee, Lowndes, McDuffie, Miller, Mitchell, Monroe, Morgan, Pierce, Pike, Sumter, Thomas, Toombs, Twiggs, Ware, Warren, Washington, Wayne and Worth
In addition to our work reaching out to largely rural areas, we have also expanded our 100% fiber network powered by AT&T Fiber to more than 725,000 locations in Georgia.(1) With connections approaching 1 gigabit(2) per second, customers purchasing our Internet 1000 service can download 25 songs in 1 second or your favorite 90-minute HD movie in less than 34 seconds.(3)
“I am thankful for the leadership of our elected officials who work to ensure a pro-consumer business environment and am delighted to see so many Georgia residents benefiting from this innovative technology made possible by private investment,” said Chris Clark, president and CEO, Georgia Chamber of Commerce.
Communities in Georgia are part of 67 metros nationwide where our ultra-fast internet service is currently available. We plan to reach at least 82 metros with our fastest internet service.
Today, we market a 1 gigabit connection on our 100% fiber network to over 7 million locations across 67 metros. We plan to reach at least 12.5 million locations by mid-2019.
“The thousands of dedicated men and women who work for AT&T and call Georgia home, are proud to work with our state’s political leadership to provide the connectivity Georgia’s residents and businesses demand,” said Bill Leahy, president of AT&T Georgia.
Connect America Fund Deployment:
AT&T has extended high-speed internet as part of its FCC Connect America Fund commitment to help predominantly rural areas. As a part of that commitment, AT&T began offering high-speed internet to over 440,000 locations across 18 states last year, and will expand that offer to more than 1.1 million locations nationwide by the end of 2020, many getting access to high-speed internet for the first time. In Georgia, AT&T is committed to extending high-speed internet service to more than 67,000 locations across the state over the next several years.
To determine eligibility, interested consumers living in the counties listed above may call toll-free 1-877-990-0041. AT&T will continue making community-specific announcements in Georgia in the months ahead, providing updates about additional availability as we expand high-speed internet to more locations.
In addition to Georgia, AT&T has launched this service in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.
Our 100% fiber network under the AT&T Fiber umbrella brand lets customers choose from a range of internet speeds, all over a fast internet connection. This 100% fiber network is just one of the network technologies we plan to use to connect customers as a part of AT&T Fiber.
With fiber at the core of our networks we plan to use a combination of fiber and 5G to be one of the country’s largest high-speed internet providers. We have publicly committed to deploy fiber to 12.5 million locations by mid-2019. Ultimately, we plan to extend fast internet to more than 50 million locations, with more than half of those locations seeing near-gig speeds, through 2020 and beyond.
AT&T Internet 1000, is our fastest internet speed tier on our 100% fiber network. It is offered at $70 per month for customers who bundle with another AT&T service on a single bill, or only $80 per month standalone. Either way, equipment is included with a 12-month agreement.(4) Eligible services to bundle with include our award-winning DIRECTV or U-verse TV service, as well as AT&T Wireless service. We have single, double and triple play offers to fit each customer’s needs.
For more information on AT&T Fiber, visit att.com/getfiber.
AT&T in Georgia:
AT&T has invested more than $5 billion in its wireless and wireline networks in Georgia between 2014 through 2016. This drives upgrades to reliability, coverage, speed and performance for residents and business customers.
(1) Limited availability in select areas. May not be available in your area. Go to att.com/getfiber to check eligibility
(2) Actual customer speeds may vary. Download speeds are typically up to 940Mbps due to overhead capacity reserved to deliver the data..
(3) Speed/Time examples are estimates and based on wired connection to the gateway.
(4) Plus taxes. After 12 months, price moves to standard rate of $90/mo.
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