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Telecom Giant AT&T Connects Rural and Underserved Areas in 9 New States in US

siliconreview Telecom Giant AT&T Connects Rural and Underserved Areas in 9 New States in US

After kicking off the service earlier this year as part of the company’s own FCC Connect America Fund effort, AT&T announced Thursday that it is now available in another 9 states, bringing the total number of served states up to 18. The company has a fixed wireless Internet service designed specifically for rural regions where people struggle to get decent Internet service.

AT&T’s fixed wireless service provides a 10 Mbps up and 1 Mbps down service using licensed WCS (Band 30) 2.3 GHz spectrum. The fixed wireless service has broadband usage caps of 160 GB per month, with additional 50 GB increments of data charged at $10 per month. The service is priced at $60 per month when bundled.

The 18 states where service is available include Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana,  Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Louisiana and Wisconsin. AT&T has plans to reach 400,000 locations by the end of this year, and over 1.1 million locations by 2020. This AT&T rural broadband expansion is partially funded by the Connect America Fund, the FCC’s program to expand rural broadband access.

For many rural families and communities, the introduction of this service from AT&T will mark a new era of increased broadband speeds and access to cheaper and more diverse content.

AT&T Inc. helps millions around the globe connect with leading entertainment, business, mobile and high speed internet services.

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