Fixed wireless rollouts continue, with AT&T announcing its fixed wireless internet service is now available to residential and small business customers in nine new states.
The latest additions include: Arkansas, California, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Ohio, Texas, and Wisconsin.
Following AT&T’s initial April launch of the Fixed Wireless Internet service in Georgia, the company expanded accessibility to eight more states in June.
More than 160,000 locations now have access to the service across 18 states. AT&T said the rollout is part of its FCC Connect America Fund commitment to serve more than 400,000 locations by the end of this year. The carrier has also pledged to expand that figure to more than 1.1 million locations by 2020.
“Closing the connectivity gap is a top priority for us,” Cheryl Choy, vice president of wired voice and internet products at AT&T, comments in a statement. “Access to fast and reliable internet is a game changer in today’s world. This service will bring countless opportunities for more customers in underserved rural locations.”
The Fixed Wireless Internet service offers download speeds of at least 10 Mbps and upload speeds of at least 1 Mbps.
AT&T says a fixed antenna located on a customers’ homes or businesses delivers connection from a wireless tower.
The move comes just as regional telecom operator C Spire announced plans to launch its own fixed wireless services in eight Mississippi markets.