BEDFORD – The Lawrence County Commissioners announced a project with AT&T to expand AT&T Fiber to more than 2,300 customer locations.
In Northwest Lawrence County, AT&T has been selected to build AT&T Fiber to more than 2,300 customer locations in a project valued at $3.6M. This is in addition to the 700 locations planned as part of the State’s Next Level Connections broadband grant program.
“This is a great step forward in continuing to improve the quality of life for residents, business owners, first responders, and visitors in our community,” said Commissioner Rodney Fish. “Fast connectivity like this is crucial to our day-to-day activities, and we’re excited that AT&T was willing to collaborate with us to bring more high-speed broadband here.”
“Having access to AT&T Fiber will make a huge difference in everything we do,” said Shance Sizemore, CEO, of Lawrence County Economic Growth Council. “Whether it’s entrepreneurs looking to start a business, employees needing great connectivity to work from home, or teachers communicating with their colleagues and parents, this project is a welcome boost to Lawrence County.”
Lawrence County will invest $1.1M, and AT&T will invest $2.5M in the project to provide fiber to Northwest Lawrence County.
Plans call for residents and businesses to have access to superfast internet – delivering up to 5 gig speeds with symmetrical upload and download speeds. Consistently fast speeds and increased bandwidth mean customers can connect multiple devices, stream multiple entertainment sources, quickly upload content to social media, and experience ultra-low lag for pro-level gaming – all at the same time.
Extensive planning and engineering work for this project will begin immediately. The network buildout is expected to be complete in 24 months.
“Our purpose is to create connection – a connection to friends, family, work, education, health, entertainment, and more,” said Bill Soards, president, AT&T Indiana. “Through public-private collaborations like this one with Lawrence County, we’re able to act on that purpose, while also helping bridge the digital divide in the community. We’re thrilled to be bringing AT&T Fiber here soon, and all of the connectivity benefits that come along with high-speed broadband.”
AT&T has extensive experience deploying fiber optics across Indiana. In fact, more than 540,000 locations in the state have access to AT&T Fiber today.
AT&T is working to roll out AT&T Fiber through public-private partnerships in communities across the country and to further close the digital divide by encouraging adoption and offering affordable internet solutions.
AT&T is committed to connecting more Americans to reliable, high-speed broadband internet in several ways, including expanding and upgrading our network and participating in the federal Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). The ACP provides eligible households with a benefit of up to $30 a month (up to $75 a month on qualifying Tribal lands) to reduce the cost of broadband service and can be applied to AT&T Fiber, where available. Or use it toward Access from AT&T , offering speeds up to 100Mbps for $0 after the ACP benefit is applied. After confirming ACP eligibility, those who qualify can go to att.com/getacp or call us at 866-986-0963 to sign up for service. Have your ACP application ID handy.
About AT&T in Indiana
From 2020-2022, AT&T invested more than $1.1 billion in its wireless and wireline networks in Indiana to expand coverage and improve connectivity in more communities. That investment has increased reliability, coverage, and overall performance for residents and businesses. It’s also improved critical communications services for Indiana’s first responders using the FirstNet® network.
Delivering a Better Internet Experience
We aim to be America’s best broadband provider powered by the most reliable 5G network2 and America’s favorite for fiber internet3 so you have a seamless experience from a single provider. Becoming the provider of choice also means serving the critical mission of America’s first responders. FirstNet®, Built with AT&T is the only purpose-built, nationwide wireless broadband communications platform dedicated to the public safety community.