ATTs rural wireless internet is now available in 18 states

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  •  If you’ve been waiting for AT&T’s rural wireless internet to show up in your state, there’s now a good chance you can sign up
  • The telecom has launched the service in nine more states, or twice as many as it had just a few months ago
  • This includes some of the most populous states in the country — California and Texas are included along with Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin
  • AT&T says about 160,000 locations are covered (more than double what it could manage in June), and it’s reportedly still on track to serve 400,000 locations before 2017 is over
  • You’re not going to be blown away by the performance – You will pay $60 per month for 10Mbps downloads and 1Mbps uploads, which doesn’t meet the FCC’s definition of broadband
  • However, it’s still better than the slow speeds of dial-up and entry DSL, and it’s likely to be more affordable than satellite
  • This is about getting reasonably fast internet in places that carriers normally won’t touch due to the relatively steep cost of wiring customers’ homes.

Via Ars Technica