JACKSON, Miss., Feb. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — AT&T has expanded internet service in communities throughout Mississippi to better serve those in rural and urban areas alike.
As part of our FCC Connect America Fund commitment, AT&T has deployed high-speed internet service to unserved and underserved locations in parts of 61 counties serving more than 70,000 Mississippi locations, primarily through Fixed Wireless Internet.
This high-speed internet service – deployed as part of AT&T’s participation in the Connect America Fund – was first available in Mississippi in July 2017, delivering a Fixed Wireless Internet connection with download speeds of at least 10Mbps and upload speeds of at least 1Mbps, and allows customers to download, surf and stream their favorite movies or television shows.
Parts of rural areas in the following 61 counties in Mississippi are now eligible for this high-speed Internet service from AT&T: Adams, Amite, Attala, Benton, Bolivar, Carroll, Choctaw, Claiborne, Clarke, Clay, Copiah, Covington, DeSoto, Forrest, Franklin, George, Greene, Grenada, Hancock, Harrison, Hinds, Holmes, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Jones, Kemper, Lafayette, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Leake, Lincoln, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Montgomery, Neshoba, Oktibbeha, Panola, Pearl River, Perry, Pike, Quitman, Rankin, Scott, Sharkey, Simpson, Smith, Stone, Tallahatchie, Tate, Walthall, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Webster, Wilkinson, Winston, Yalobusha and Yazoo.
In addition to our work reaching out to largely rural areas, we have also expanded our 100% fiber network powered by AT&T FiberSM to now reach more than 60,000 locations in Mississippi including parts of Jackson, Brandon, Flowood, Madison, Byram, Ridgeland and the Biloxi-Gulfport area. With connections approaching 1 gigabit per second, customers can download 25 songs in 1 second or your favorite 90-minute HD movie in less than 34 seconds.
“The more than 2,800 men and women who work for AT&T and call Mississippi home, are proud to work with our local, state and federal leadership to provide more internet connectivity to Mississippi’s rural residents and businesses throughout our state,” said Mayo Flynt, state president of AT&T Mississippi. “With more fiber available and new, innovative broadband services and faster speeds than ever before, we are working to close the connectivity gap across rural Mississippi.”
“I commend AT&T for providing more access and faster internet service to rural Mississippi, helping us to close the digital divide,” U.S. Senator Roger Wicker said. “The expansion of fiber networks and better broadband service is essential to our state’s economic future and the quality of life for those who live here.”
Communities in Mississippi are part of 67 metros and 7 million locations nationwide where our ultra-fast internet service is currently available. We plan to reach at least 82 metros with our fastest internet service by the end of 2018 and at least 12.5 million locations by mid-2019.