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AT&T Makes Fixed Wireless Internet Availabile to Rural States

Earlier today, AT&T published a report on its latest accomplishment-- completing the first wave of Fixed Wireless Internet availability for the underserved and rural locations in Georgia. According to the release, AT&T has fulfilled its commitment to the FCC Connect America Fund. This initiative is part of the carrier's promise to cater to over 400,000 locations this year and potentially reach over 1.1 million locations by 2020.

So what does Fixed Wireless Internet bring to AT&T's customers? The carrier says that their customers will be able to enjoy speeds of at least 10 Mbps along with 160 GB of internet usage per month, thanks to an outdoor antenna installed by a professional. If this is not enough, additional data may be purchased at 50GB increments for $10 each. A maximum of $200 may be purchased. The service also includes WiFi and wired Ethernet connections for up to four devices.

As of this writing, AT&T has disclosed that Fixed Wireless Internet data may not be added to a Mobile Share plan. The Fixed Wireless Internet plan also does not include Rollover Data.

Eric Boyer, AT&T's SVP of Wireless and Wired Product Marketing, was quoted saying: "Access to the internet is an important tool for advancing opportunities in communities. It creates economic growth, helps increase community engagement, and makes education accessible. We're committed to utilizing available technologies to connect hard-to-reach locations."

With last Monday's feat, fixed wireless access is now available in southern US states such as Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin.

Source: AT&T

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  1. can anyone get this or is it only available where their regular internet is not available

  2. How much does that first 160 gigs cost?

  3. Are they using satelite to broadcast the data?
    Or is it a specisl fish that can pick up signals from really far away?
    If the latter will they be able to install it in Canada?

  4. This is in direct competition with Dish satellite internet. It's time they sell before AT&T muscles them out of the market.

  5. Sell your satellite-internet company stock... They're going down, hard, as cellular gets faster and expands its reach into the far corners.

  6. If the max dl speed is 10 Mbps then that 160 GB data cap shouldn't exist or at least be more generous. I would say at least 500 GB would probably be enough for the average household. But I guess the ppl they are aiming for here are the ones who can't get wired internet or only satellite internet so having another choice is always nice.

  7. Is this the SuperWiFi technology ?

  8. ZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzz....................

  9. Since when is Wisconsin "southern"?

  10. The press release is at http://about.att.com/story/first_wave_of_fixed_wireless_internet.html

    Your summary is slightly off, this is currently only in Georgia. The other states come "later".

    Also a secret is the cost of the service.

    I suppose somewhere the Internet knows how much $$$ Connect America Fund goes to AT&T for this, but it isn't easily found.

    1. I believe the CAF mandates 10 Mbps minimum speed at $70/month maximum cost for 150 GB. At this price, mainly satellite is at risk.

  11. 1 terabyte for an additional $200, basically. But only if you need it. Otherwise 160 GB for the price of the plan. And cellular speeds, which look to be better than satellite.

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