When Arthur and Rachel Farr moved to Monroe County from the metro Atlanta area a few years ago, the only downside was that internet service was terrible at their Flint Road farm. An investment advisor, Farr had to drive to his Stone Mountain office to get work done on the internet.
All that changed when he saw an article in the Reporter about a new AT&T tower in his area that allowed area residents to get fixed wireless internet. Farr said it took a while to find someone with AT&T who knew about it. And the company had to send someone from Bainbridge to install his antenna. But once that happened, the Farrs were up and running with 30 megabyte per second download speed and 20 megabyte per second upload speed. Is he happy with it?
“Absolutely,” said Farr, noting he can get on his VPN from home and do anything he could do in Atlanta. Now, he can stay home a lot more and it only cost about $50 per month.
Martie Brown of Hopewell Road said she too is pleased with the fixed wireless internet. She said they could never watch Netflix movies until they bought fixed wireless service, and now they can.
AT&T says residents within a few miles of the tower can get the service, and one customer about three miles away from the tower was able to use it. But now District 4 county commissioner George Emami said AT&T is adding three more fixed wireless towers, giving even more locals access to the internet. Emami has made expanding internet his hobby horse, and persuaded commissioners to dedicate about $700,000 of the newest SPLOST to doing that.
And now AT&T is working to encourage new fixed wireless service by offering it for just $40 per month. See ad on page 3A. For more information call 855-814-8607 or go to att.com/fixedwireless.