AT&T Launches Fixed Wireless Internet in Georgia to Enhance Connectivity in Rural and Underserved Areas

Staff Report From Georgia CEO

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

AT&T Fixed Wireless Internet is now available in rural and under served locations in parts of 44 counties in Georgia.

In May 2017, AT&T launched Fixed Wireless Internet, an innovative service that delivers an internet connection with download speeds of at least 10Mbps to homes and small businesses. With Fixed Wireless Internet, customers can download, surf and stream their favorite movies or television shows. The connection comes from a wireless tower to a fixed antenna on customers' homes or businesses. This is an efficient way to deliver high-quality internet to customers in rural and underserved areas.

"In today's economy, access to high-speed internet is an integral part of both our infrastructure foundation and our job growth," said Georgia Governor Nathan Deal. "Ensuring our current and future workforce are equipped with the skills necessary to succeed has been a top priority of mine since taking office. To that end, I've invested more than $100 million towards ensuring students across the state have access to high speed internet." 

"These efforts are further enhanced through strong private sector partnerships, and I'm grateful for this latest AT&T initiative," Deal continued. "AT&T's innovation and investment will help keep Georgia at the forefront of the technology sector, a critical component for us to continue to be the best state in the nation in which to do business."

Parts of the following 44 counties in Georgia are now eligible for Fixed Wireless Internet service from AT&T: Appling, Baker, Bleckley, Burke, Butts, Carroll, Chattahoochee, Cook, Crisp, Decatur, Dodge, Echols, Elbert, Emanuel, Evans, Fulton, Greene, Hancock, Haralson, Jasper, Jeff Davis, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson, Lamar, Lanier, Laurens, Lee, Lowndes, McDuffie, Miller, Mitchell, Monroe, Morgan, Pierce, Pike, Sumter, Thomas, Toombs, Ware, Warren, Washington, Wayne and Worth.

"The Georgia House of Representatives created the Rural Development Council to address rural issues such as broadband access," stated David Ralston, Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives. "I'm pleased AT&T continues to invest with a commitment to helping close the access gap in rural Georgia and has already launched Fixed Wireless Internet in over 40 Georgia counties."

AT&T has extended Fixed Wireless Internet as part of its FCC Connect America Fund commitment to help rural and underserved areas. As a part of this rollout, AT&T plans to reach over 400,000 locations nationwide by the end of 2017, and over 1.1 million locations nationwide by 2020. And, in Georgia, AT&T plans to reach over 26,000 locations by end of 2017, and over 67,000 locations with this technology across Georgia by 2020.

"The more than 19,000 men and women who work for AT&T and call Georgia home, are proud to work with our local, state and federal leadership to provide the connectivity Georgia's residents and businesses demand," said Bill Leahy, president of AT&T Georgia. "Through this innovative service, we are helping close the connectivity gap in Georgia."

"I am thankful for the leadership of our elected officials who work to ensure a pro-consumer business environment and am delighted many rural residents in parts of over 40 Georgia counties already have access to this innovative technology," said Tammi Hall, executive director of the ClaxtonEvans County Chamber of Commerce.