Recently, AT&T® brought its fixed wireless internet to Madison County’s rural areas. The internet service of the Dallas-based telecommunications company uses its cellular tower to create networks for internet connectivity. The cellular tower connects to a receiver box, which resembles a satellite TV dish, placed outside a subscriber’s residence. Although, note that AT&T® touts it as rural internet sans a satellite. The best internet provider is using this type of internet service to meet much of its FCC Connect America Fund commitment. The carrier is rolling it out in other states too besides areas in the Tennessee state.
The high-speed internet service of the wireless provider, which comes at a monthly cost of $60, offers downstream speeds of 10 megabits per second and upstream speeds of 1 megabits per second. Although that is relatively less speedy compared to other internet offerings, making it affordable to rural customers is also a priority to bridge the connectivity gap.
On October 30, 2018, the Telco started rolling out more of its fixed wireless internet centers in the county. The announcement occurred in its southwest part adjacent to Denmark, Tennessee. The representative of the state, Johnny Shaw, and Senior VP of Jackson Chamber of Commerce, Mandy White, also attended the meet.
AT&T’s Regional Director for External and Legislative Affairs, Kathy Sager, presented a receiver box, to be used for wireless internet service in rural areas. It was presented during the opening ceremony for broadband coverage’s extension through AT&T® cellular towers at Denmark’s 4567 Brownsville Highway.
“This is long-awaited technology that will serve Madison and West Tennessee,” said Johnny Shaw. “AT&T® has been talking about this technology for a long time. We’re on our way to covering our rural areas that haven’t been able to enjoy this technology.”
Of course, fixed wireless internet is accessible to residents and small businesses in parts of Jackson, Denmark, Pinson, Mercer and Medon. Although it is said that the average US internet speed is 18.75 Mbps for downloading, the download speed on offer here are 10 Mbps.
Mandy White said, “I think by being able to access wireless high speed internet to underserved and rural areas, it will help with economic development. It will allow people to work from home, telecommute and help students study from home — which helps people better prepare for jobs and be more successful.”
By the end of 2018, thousands of more Tennessee locations will have access to internet broadband.