Georgia Brought up to Speed with AT&T Fixed Wireless

AT&T wants to give the gift of economic growth, community engagement, and accessible education to the most underserved areas of Georgia. The gift of the internet, that is.

Through the FCC Connect American Fund, AT&T (along with eight other carriers) accepted $1.5 billion as part of an initiative to bring broadband to 23 million Americans in areas without broadband service.

What is fixed wireless?

Fixed wireless is wireless connection between two fixed spots. This means that there is the carrier tower (fixed spot 1) and a building like a home or a business (fixed spot 2). The wireless connection is transmitted over terrestrial microwaves between the two fixed spots instead of through wires or cables. These “airwaves” enable communication between the two areas.

Fixed wireless is considered more reliable, lower latency, without data caps (technology, not carrier) and overall a lower cost.

Years ago, this type of technology was only talked about. Satellite was the greatest thing ever. Now, however, we are starting to see carriers utilize the very latest in technology in order to bring a faster, reliable, and cheaper way to transmit communication.  This is especially big considering most rural areas of America went without solid internet because installing cable simply was not a priority for many big carriers. With fixed wireless, everyone can have access.

Why is it only in Georgia?

This is an initial rollout. AT&T wanted to begin testing the technology for fixed wireless back in 2015 for some residents in rural areas of Alabama, Georgia, Kansas and Virginia. In these tests, AT&T saw speeds of 15 Mbps. Since all was looking good, they are now moving ahead with a full Georgia rollout. AT&T’s fixed wireless will  be available to 1.1. American homes by 2020.

What ‘s the deal?

If you’re an AT&T customer or are thinking about becoming one, look for what what is simply called (for now) Fixed Wireless Internet.