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AT&T and Lawrence County, Indiana, are collaborating on a $4.3 million public–private partnership, the second such partnership in the county this year. AT&T was also selected by the county in May to build AT&T Fiber to more than 2,300 customer locations in the northwestern portions of the county.

In the most recent collaboration, AT&T Fiber will bring gigabit speed service to more than 1,200 customer locations. The government of Lawrence County will invest more than $2.3 million and AT&T will provide $2 million for the project, which will provide fiber to unincorporated portions of the county between the communities of Bedford and Mitchell.

The network, which is expected to be complete within two years,  will give residents and businesses access at speeds up to 5 Gbps for uploads and downloads.

AT&T is also currently working with other Indiana cities and counties, including Vanderburgh County, the City of Boonville, the City of Martinsville and Delaware County, in similar public–private collaborations.

“It’s exciting to be part of a project that will bring transformative change to even more residents in Lawrence County,” AT&T Indiana President Bill Soards said in a prepared statement. “Through this collaboration, we’ll be narrowing the digital divide and helping people realize the internet’s social and economic benefits. We’re proud of this work and appreciate the county continuing to put their faith in us.”

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