AT&T® Fixed Wireless Internet Now Available in Eastern Parts of Lauderdale

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AT&T® recently rolled out their Fixed Wireless Internet to some parts in the Lauderdale County. Commissioners Brad Holmes and Roger Garner alongside other state and native officials were present at the AT&T® Tower, where the Telco announced the rollout for the county’s eastern part.

Speaking during the event, Commissioner Holmes remembered that he got a call for broadband as well as wireless internet from a Lauderdale resident when he got appointed to the commission in November last year. “Seems kind of fitting that we are here today and I got that call a year ago,” he said. “This is going to mean so much to the residents of Anderson and Lexington.”

The AT&T® Fixed Wireless Internet service comes from a wireless tower to a fixed antenna on the homes or offices of the customers. Reports say that the fastest internet provider is aiming to offer the home-based internet service with speeds of up to 10 Mbps.

Commenting on the rollout, Dave Hargrove, AT&T® Alabama Regional Director of External and Legislative Affairs, said that, “The antennas will point at the cell site and communicate with the tower to receive the wireless feed. If you can see the tower, you can receive wireless internet.” The feed from the cellular towers should span the homes and businesses in and around a “3- to 5-mile radius” Hargrove added.

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Commissioner Holmes further said, “We’re talking from Center Hill to the Tennessee line and all the way into Limestone County with the coverage area from the Lexington and Anderson towers.” Commenting on that, Anderson Mayor Jimmy Glass said, “There’s a lot of people here that don’t have access to this kind of wireless internet. It’s good to have it available.”

An AT&T® spokesperson, who collaborates with state legislators on telecommunication matters, said that they are using the funds from FCC Connect America program to deploy Fixed Wireless Internet to the region. “We are using the money to address the needs in our rural areas in an effort to bring them wireless internet,” he said.

On the other hand, Lauderdale County Commissioner Garner, said, “It’s a quality-of-life issue. Communications are more mobile in today’s society, and people want to take advantage of that. This is going to allow people in the rural areas of eastern Lauderdale County to have access to that kind of mobile communications.”

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