Most broadband service providers transmit data through fiber optic cables, but installing those cables often mean digging trenches, which could take some time. AT&T, however, has different ideas -- instead of using fiber optics, it is thinking of taking full advantage of radio signals in sending data.
Of course, this is what the major US wireless carrier’s Project AirGig is all about. First announced a year ago, the core concept of AirGig is to transmit data by way of antennas set up along power lines, not only in urban markets, but also in suburban and even rural regions across America.
It appears that the under the leadership of current Chairman Ajit Pai, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is now leaning towards favoring Internet service providers (ISPs) more than the consumers. By way of a Notice of Inquiry (read the portable document format version here), the agency is proposing that both fixed and wireless are to be counted as “broadband” based on Section 706 of its regulations. The current rule being followed right now was the standard that was set by the FCC under former Chair Tom Wheeler. That standard requires timely deployment of both wired and wireless networks in the country. But that might change soon.
AT&T has announced this week that it has successfully rolled out its Fixed Wireless Internet service for rural and underserved areas to 70,000 locations spread throughout nine states in America, namely Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee.
AT&T has announced that it has officially finished an initial deployment of its Fixed Wireless Internet service for consumers based in the state of Georgia, especially rural and underserved customers living in the Peach State. The second biggest mobile operator in the United States has managed to provide web download speeds of no less than 10 mbps by utilizing a wireless tower paired with a fixed antenna on users’ houses and business establishments.
Keeping true to its promise to bring super high speed broadband service to even more homes and business establishments, AT&T has revealed its plans of bringing its newly branded AT&T Fiber service to 11 more cities across the United States. These cities include Gainesville and Panama City in Florida, Columbus in Georgia, the Central Kentucky metro area, Lafayette in Louisiana, Biloxi-Gulfport in Mississippi, the Northeast Mississippi area, Wilmington in North Carolina, Knoxville and the Southeastern Tennessee area, and Corpus Christi in Texas.
AT&T has announced that it is planning to guarantee the price of a new DirecTV subscription for a couple of years for those subscribers who decide to combine it with any one of the wireless carrier’s new or current services, such as wireless or home Internet. In this deal, subscribers will be made to pay the regular $50 a month fee for DirecTV. Users who decide to bundle it with home Internet can enjoy connection speeds of up to 6 mbps, if they are game with paying an extra $30 each month.
A total of 38 new cities in the United States are about to get an early year ender gift from AT&T. This is because the second biggest wireless carrier in all of America is planning to expand its GigaPower service to these cities, bringing super fast Internet connections to subscribers of AT&T in these areas.
Following in Google's footsteps, Ting, a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), is taking on traditional telecommunications and cable companies by offering a fiber-based gigabit-capable broadband service.
Ting officially revealed its plans of acquiring Blue Ridge InternetWorks, a web service provider based in Charlottesville, Virginia that has already started creating its fiber-based broadband network.
Ting further plans to take advantage of Blue Ridge's 35 miles of fiber network and expand it in order to offer residents of Charlottesville gigabit speed broadband service at a price range not over $100.
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