AT&T expands high-speed rural broadband in Alabama

Rural broadband internet

AT&T has expanded Fixed Wireless Internet for rural parts of 39 counties across Alabama that don’t have access to broadband the company announced Tuesday.

“In today’s digital economy, access to reliable broadband service is critical. My colleagues and I are working hard to create an environment that supports private investment and enhanced broadband access for all Alabamians. I applaud AT&T’s continued investment and am pleased Fixed Wireless Internet is now available in parts of 39 Alabama counties,” said Alabama 4th District U.S. Congressman Robert Aderholt. “With the use of multiple technologies across Alabama, we will close the access gaps that exist in some of our rural communities.”

FWI service delivers an internet connection with download speeds of at least 10Mbps and upload speeds of at least 1Mbps. The connection comes from a wireless tower to a fixed antenna on a customer’s home or business. This is an efficient way to deliver high-quality, high-speed internet to customers living in underserved rural areas1.

“AT&T’s Fixed Wireless Internet is offering my family more options in our everyday lives, at an affordable price,” said Shannon Ary, AT&T Fixed Wireless customer. “With FWI, my husband and I can now work from home, which is life-changing, and our children have increased access to educational tools at home, not to mention videos and gaming with friends. We are excited to have access to this innovative technology and pleased AT&T continues to enhance high-speed connectivity in Arkadelphia and other rural communities across Alabama.”

The towers used to provide this service are connected to AT&T’s network using AT&T fiber optics. AT&T has more than 2 million strand miles of fiber optics covering Alabama, which enables the company to offer a wide variety of products and services delivering the high-speed connectivity Alabama businesses and residents need.

Parts of the following 39 counties in Alabama are now eligible for AT&T Fixed Wireless Internet service: AutaugaBaldwinBarbourBibbBlountButlerCalhounChambersChiltonColbertCoosaCullmanDallasElmoreEscambiaFayetteFranklinGreeneHaleJeffersonLauderdaleLawrenceLeeLimestoneLowndesMaconMarengoMobileMontgomeryMorganRussellShelbySumterTalladegaTallapoosaTuscaloosaWalkerWashington and Winston.