AT&T has expanded its fixed wireless internet service for rural and underserved locations to residents and small businesses in parts of Richland County, including Eastover, Gadsden and Hopkins.
The company launched fixed wireless internet in South Carolina in June and plans to provide access to 30,000 locations in the state and 1.1 million nationwide by 2020. More than 40% of that goal will be reached by the end of 2017, AT&T said in a news release.
“I am glad to see the innovative approach by private industry to help close the remaining connectivity gap between those living in rural and urban areas,” said state Sen. Darrell Jackson at an event Tuesday announcing the service expansion. “This new service is a positive step forward in bringing greater access to high-speed Internet to rural South Carolinians.”
Fixed wireless internet delivers a home internet connection with download speeds of at least 10 million bits per second and upload speeds of at least 1mbps. The connection travels from a wireless tower to a fixed antenna on customers’ homes or businesses.
“With this innovative service, we are working to close the connectivity gap in South Carolina,” said Ted Creech, director of external affairs for AT&T South Carolina. “Access to fast and reliable internet is a game changer in today’s world. This service will bring additional opportunities for more customers in more parts of our state.”
The service is also available to residents and businesses in parts of Alabama, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.