AT&T Deploys High-Speed Internet to Rural Areas

AT&T announced Tuesday that it has deployed high-speed internet service to unserved and underserved locations in parts of 40 counties serving more than 26,000 Arkansas locations as part of its FCC Connect America Fund commitment to help rural areas.

For much of this deployment, the company is using its fixed wireless internet service. Launched in Arkansas in September, the service delivers an internet connection with download speeds of at least 10 megabits per second and upload speeds of at least 1 mbps.

Fixed wireless uses a signal that comes in over an outdoor antenna to provide internet service to customers.

As part of its FCC Connect America Fund commitment, AT&T said it began offering high-speed internet to more than 440,000 locations across 18 states last year, and will expand that offer to more than 1.1 million locations nationwide by the end of 2020. In Arkansas, the company said it is committed to extending high-speed internet service to more than 50,000 locations across the state over the next several years.

The company said it has invested more than $550 million in its wireless and wireline networks in Arkansas from 2014-16.