AT&T Targets More Rural, Underserved Areas With Fixed Wireless

Adds access in parts of eight more states that cover 70,000-plus locations
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AT&T said its fixed wireless internet offering tailored for rural and underserved locations has been expanded to parts of eight more states that reach more than 70,000 locations.

The expansion, which follows an initial launch in April in Georgia, includes Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Louisiana.

The fixed wireless service for those markets delivers at least 10 Mbps, AT&T said. It includes a monthly data bucket of 160 gigabytes (additional buckets of 50 GB cost $10 each, up to a max of $200 per month. The service also requires the installation of an AT&T outdoor antenna and indoor residential gateway.

The telco noted that the plan ties into its FCC Connect America Fund commitment, whereby it intends to serve more than 400,000 locations by the end of 2017, and over 1.1 million locations by 2020.

AT&T expects to launch the fixed wireless offering in 18 states overall this year, with Arkansas, California, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Ohio, Texas and Wisconsin on deck.

“We’re committed to connect hard-to-reach locations to the internet. This changes lives and creates economic growth for these areas,” Cheryl Choy, vice president, wired voice and internet products at AT&T, said in a statement. “We’re excited to bring this service to even more underserved locations.”