2017-08-16 / Front Page

AT&T brings Internet to rural areas in county

By Deborah Bennett
Millen News editor


AT&T announced last week that Fixed Wireless Internet service is now available in a portion of Eastern Jenkins County. Shown, from left, during the presentation held at Café on Cotton are Stan Shepherd, Regional Director of External Affairs for AT&T Georgia; Mandy Underwood, Executive Director, Chamber of Commerce/Development Authority; Hiller Spann, Chairman, Jenkins County Development Authority; and Congressman Rick Allen. 
(Staff photo by Deborah Bennett) AT&T announced last week that Fixed Wireless Internet service is now available in a portion of Eastern Jenkins County. Shown, from left, during the presentation held at Café on Cotton are Stan Shepherd, Regional Director of External Affairs for AT&T Georgia; Mandy Underwood, Executive Director, Chamber of Commerce/Development Authority; Hiller Spann, Chairman, Jenkins County Development Authority; and Congressman Rick Allen. (Staff photo by Deborah Bennett) AT&T* Fixed Wireless Internet is now available for certain rural and underserved locations in parts of Jenkins County.

Joined by Congressman Rick Allen and other community leaders, AT&T announced last week that some residents in the eastern part of Jenkins County are included in the initial rural and underserved locations in Georgia to which AT&T has extended Fixed Wireless Internet as part of its FCC Connect America Fund commitment. As a part of this commitment, AT&T plans to reach over 400,000 locations across 18 states by the end of 2017, and over 1.1 million locations by 2020.

The AT&T tower in Jenkins County is located on Hwy. 21 toward Sylvania and some residents in that area are able to receive the service. The cost is around $60 per month with a $50 bundling package also available.

“Access to high-speed connectivity is critical for our rural communities, and I have worked tirelessly with my colleagues in Washington, as well as state and local officials, to make this a reality,” said Congressman Rick Allen. “It is a pleasure to see the private sector working alongside our federal agencies to effectively deploy this vital service.”

Mandy Underwood, Executive Director, Jenkins County Chamber of Commerce/Development Authority, commented, “This has been four years in the making and it is big news for us. We are excited about it.”

Stan Shepherd, Regional Director of External Affairs for AT&T Georgia, in his remarks, praised Mrs. Underwood and Congressman Rick Allen for being “strong advocates for Jenkins County.”

Daniel Hayes, AT&T Southeast Vice-President for Public Affairs, noted that Georgia is the first state that started rolling Fixed Wireless Internet out and Jenkins County is one of the first counties in Georgia to be able to sign up.

"This newly available service is a great step ahead in our efforts to bring high speed connectivity to rural residents in Jenkins County," said State Representative Butch Parrish. "Work remains to be done, but I am encouraged by our efforts to bring broadband service to rural Georgia and help connect our families and businesses to the Internet."

AT&T plans to reach over 67,000 locations with this technology across Georgia by 2020, and extending availability in Jenkins County brings AT&T closer to reaching their commitment of completing 40 percent of the build by the end of this year. Two additional towers are planned for rural Jenkins County in 2018 and 2019.

“The more than 19,000 men and women who work for AT&T and call Georgia home are proud to work with our local, state and federal leadership to provide the connectivity that Georgia’s residents and businesses demand,” said Mr. Shepherd, “Through this innovative service, we are working to extend that connectivity to even more of Georgia.”

To find out if Fixed Wireless Internet service is available in your area, call 1-877-990-0041.

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