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Mon, Aug 23, 2021 7:40 PM

Rural Internet

I can get ATT cellular service in my area (and ONLY ATT service) but for some reason I cannot get dedicated 4g internet from ATT in my area (zip 81252). I can use my 40gb hotspot data but that isn't enough data for one month. Why can't I get ATT dedicated cellular internet in my area, it makes no sense.

JefferMC

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My understanding is that AT&T only provides Fixed Wireless where it is the ILEC.  Where it does not have a wireline presence, it doesn't have installers to do Fixed Wireless installations.  (I have heard that in some areas DIRECTV corporate installers do the Fixed Wireless installs, but those areas are still those where AT&T was the ILEC).

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Your zip code is for Colorado... not an ATT hardwired state.

ATT FIXED WIRELESS is for 1.1 million addresses within 18 ATT footprint states where ATT does not offer a hardwired internet connection.

As your address is not within one of those 18 states, Fixed Wireless would not be an option from ATT but perhaps other ISPs might. The zip code ILEC for hardwired telco service is CenturyLink.

SECOM offers fixed wireless internet to about 2/3 of the addresses within that zip code...

https://broadbandnow.com/Colorado/Westcliffe?ev=0&zip=81252

https://broadbandnow.com/SECOM

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But why only those 18 states? Why not everywhere? It is a disgrace that the US, supposedly a First World, technologically advanced nation, has some of the worst broadband in the entire world. There is no good excuse, except that the status quo benefits the corporations so much that they don't want change. I had better service back in the 2G days.

JefferMC

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Why can't I buy a Bojangles Biscuit in Alaska?

Why can't I test drive a surf board in Colorado?

Another company operates the wired telephone business in Colorado.  It doesn't make financial sense for AT&T to hire, train, and provide materials in Colorado for the express purpose of installing and supporting Fixed Wireless Internet customers.  Other businesses do, my thoughts has thoughtfully provided a link to a site that provides additional information.

Who do you work for?  Do they provide service to customers in Fiji?

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But why only those 18 states? Why not everywhere? 

This deals with the government trying to provide some internet service to rural areas

CAF or Connect American Fund...

How does the Connect America Fund work?
The Connect America Fund (CAF) is a federal program that provides funding to defray the cost of operating and extending both fixed and mobile broadband networks to serve consumers and small businesses in rural, high-cost areas in the United States.

ATT accepted some CAF-II for select areas To provide service, many other did the same... provide a percentage each year with all commitments meet within 6 years.

Those 18 states is what ATT and the government agreed to...

https://www.fiercetelecom.com/special-report/at-t-frontier-others-accept-1-5b-caf-ii-funding-despite-fcc-s-changing-broadband

In 2013, five companies accepted a total of $255 million in funding from the first CAF round, resulting in more than 500,000 rural fiber locations expected to be reached by 2020. While Verizon opted out of the previous round of funding, AT&T, CenturyLink, FairPoint, Frontier and Windstream accepted the funding.

The CAF-II auctions have happened several times since ATT reward.

You might want to research the internet to see who was award CAF for your area, if anyone bid.

Satellite company, cable company, telco, WISPs, etc...

https://www.fiercewireless.com/wireless/here-are-top-100-winners-fcc-s-1-5b-caf-ii-auction

Notably, a large number of the top winners in the auction said they plan to use fixed wireless technology to build out telecommunications services in rural areas

The FCC said providers must build out to 40% of the assigned homes and businesses in a state within three years of becoming authorized to receive support. Build-out must increase by 20% in each subsequent year, until complete build-out is reached at the end of the sixth year, the agency said.

https://www.fiercetelecom.com/operators/centurylink-scored-billions-caf-ii-funds-eyes-next-giveaway-rbof

the recipients agreed to deploy broadband service with at least 10 Mbps downstream and 1 Mbps upstream to specific rural locations. 

https://www.bennet.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2020/5/bennet-welcomes-2-8-million-federal-grant-to-expand-rural-broadband-in-northeast-colorado

Viaero will use the nearly $2.8MM, to be paid in monthly increments over the next ten years, to provide 25 up and 3 down MBps Broadband services for 731 locations in some of the most rural areas of the following counties in eastern Colorado: Baca, Bent, Cheyenne, Costilla, Crowley, Kiowa, Kit Carson, Las Animas, Lincoln, Morgan, Otero, Prowers, Pueblo, Washington, Yuma,” 

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The FCC announcement was part of its recent authorization of over $7.5 million in funding over ten years to expand rural broadband across seven states, including Colorado. 

EDIT....

Westcliffe is a statutory town that is the county seat of Custer County, Colorado, United States. At the 2010 U.S. Census, the population was 568, up from 417 in 2000.

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Found from the 2018 CAF-II auction...

CO Custer Viasat, Inc. 7 6558.1

ViaSat (satellite internet) is who was awarded to provide Custer with internet.

They would have 6 years to fulfill which means by 2024.

https://www.fcc.gov/auction/903

look under results by state/county for spreadsheet of all states, counties, providers receiving federal money to provide rural internet service.

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