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Is the fixed wireless service going to be offered to rural areas?

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Is the fixed wireless service going to be offered to rural areas?

I am in a rural area and I am currently using a wireless hotspot (MF279) to receive my internet but would like to get into the fixed wireless program because it is cheaper and offers more than twice the data. The fixed wireless program seems to be stuck in the "trial" phase in a limited number of cities. It seems to me, if I can receive wireless with a hotspot, I would get even a better signal via an antenna fixed to the top of my house. Is there any reason, other than AT&T doesn't make as much money, the fixed wireless is not an option to all of us?

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Re: Is the fixed wireless service going to be offered to rural areas?

Hello @mtman6698,

Thanks for your interest in fixed wireless!

AT&T is constantly working to bring better service in new areas, and even if there isn’t fixed wireless in your area yet, it may be in the future. Please keep an eye on it as we work to expand our networking services.

Let us know if you have any additional questions.

 

Mihai AT&T Community Specialist


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Re: Is the fixed wireless service going to be offered to rural areas?

The Fixed Wireless uses band 30, requiring a different array on cell towers. The company stated plan is to add 220,000 addresses in 18 states over next two years, reaching 1.1 million addresses by end 2020.

 

The addresses will be in the ATT footprint of hardwired services. If your ILEC is a different provider such as CenturyLink, Frontier, Windstream, etc then would not expect ATT Fixed Wireless to be a future option.

 

 

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Re: Is the fixed wireless service going to be offered to rural areas?

I appreciate the information. My ILEC was Bellsouth so that tells me I'll never get Fixed Wireless. When I moved to my present home, I had Bellsouth DSL @ 6MBps. When AT&T bought out Bellsouth, they dropped it to 3MBps, then to 1.5, now nothing. I understand the reasoning behind dropping the DSL. They simply don't make the equipment any longer but I had hopes they would replace it with something else. I happen to be in one of the census blocks that is not covered by the agreement between the FCC and AT&T, so they are not required to provide me with any internet. The Fixed Wireless thing was my last hope of getting a reasonable amount of data for a reasonable price. Now I know that won't happen. 

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Re: Is the fixed wireless service going to be offered to rural areas?

Hi mtman6698, 

We know internet is a big part of our everyday lives. It is how many of us communicate, keep up to date with events, and stay entertained. AT&T Fixed Wireless Internet helps bring the internet into rural areas where internet speeds may not have been available in the past. Check to see if you can get AT&T Fixed Wireless Internet.

Thank you for reaching out to AT&T's Community and Forums Team.

Lafayette, AT&T Community Specialist

 


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Nope... ain't going to happen. Thanks anyway.

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Re: Is the fixed wireless service going to be offered to rural areas?

If you had hardwired BellS DSL, part of 9 states in SE US, you may still eventually receive Fixed Wireless.

 

Project Airgig next decade or the 5G mobility offerings will offer faster speeds, data caps are the unknown for what cost.

 

https/::broadbandnow.com may offer other options by zipcode to consider.

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Re: Is the fixed wireless service going to be offered to rural areas?

I went to the link provided above to see if my address can receive the Fixed Wireless Internet.  My address said not available but when I entered the address directly across the street it said available.  Somethings not right.  I suspect neither address can receive it.

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Re: Is the fixed wireless service going to be offered to rural areas?

I have spent a considerable amount of time researching this whole ISP thing for my area, basically the last 2 years, when AT&T introduced their 2020 plan. I had DSL until Hurricane Michael went through my yard on Oct 10th and left my DSL in the ditch. AT&T and I went around and around about it for awhile until customer service found out (from the special disaster/recovery unit) they are not replacing my line. End of DSL. There are no other ISPs or WISPs in my area, in spite of what the search results, including Broadbandnow, say. There is satellite but until they get the lower orbit units installed and operational; which could happen in a few years, but for now, it's not an option. As for 5G.... I, like a lot of others, have read everything I can about it. I'm a geekSmiley Happy It will eventually be the next best thing but has a looong way to go. Shoot, there is still an ongoing argument as to who owns the electric/telephone poles and whether they can be legally used for 5G. When deployed, it will, like all the other forms of internet transmission; be installed where the ISPs can make the most money. Urban areas. That's how Wall Street runs our country; for now. Thank you for the suggestion though and I will continue to watch what happens with 5G, along with everyone else.     

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