Officials from AT&T and Blount County met at a cell tower in west Blount County near Hayden Tuesday for a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the June 24 initial introduction of AT&T Fixed Wireless Internet© service to selected rural areas in Blount County. The initiative is part of an effort to expand highspeed Internet service to underserved rural areas, both in Alabama and nationwide. The initial introduction includes two towers in the Hayden area and one near Remlap. Cutting the ribbon are, from left, Mayor Larry Armstrong of Hayden and District 34 Rep. David Standridge, who represents the area in the state House of Representatives and lives nearby.
The service provides home Internet connections, with download speeds of at least 10 megabits per second (Mbps), from the tower to a fixed antenna at each business location or customer’s homes. It enables customers and businesses to download and transmit complex arrays of data, images, and video in real time. AT&T assistant vice president Mickey Harbin said all customers within appropriate range of a tower to provide sufficient signal strength will receive a direct mail notification of service availability soon. Cost of the basic service is $60 per month with a one-year contract, or $50 per month when bundled with another AT&T wireless or video service.
‘This is a great day for Hayden and Remlap,’ Standridge said. ‘…as chair of the (House) Rural Caucus, I applaud AT&T for their work to enhance highspeed connectivity for residents and small businesses in rural Alabama.’
© 2016 AT&T Intellectual Property