LANCASTER — AT&T announced it will expand internet services to more residences and small businesses in the city using new technology to provide faster service.
The company hosted an event at the downtown bandstand Tuesday and said that AT&T Fiber is now available to more than 4,600 customers in parts of the city. This will give more customers access to ultra-fast internet speed up to 5 Gigs.
“That’s just the start,” AT&T President Molly Kocour Boyle said. “We’re continuing to grow. We’ve all had our fair share of Zoom calls and video conferences over the last couple of years. And it’s during those applications you start to realize that not only do I need to be able pull down content quickly, but I need to be able to upload content quickly as well.”
Kocour Boyle said the company has invested $1.7 billion into networks across the state in the past three years.
“It’s important because we know that it’s not just make this investment once, set it, forget it and it will be with us as we need it,” she said. “It’s a continually ongoing effort to make sure that the networks, both wireless and wired, are there to meet the needs of today and also provide the capacity for the demands of tomorrow.”
Mayor David Scheffler said there have been many changes in the city over the years and talked about the need for high-speed internet to deal with those changes.
“It is clear that reliable, affordable broadband connection in the home and small businesses is extremely important,” he said. “In addition to the things that we can do with those connections, whether it be for work, school, health care and more, fast fiber connections keep Lancaster competitive as we strive to be everything we can be for economic development and for quality of living.”
Scheffler said the availability of technology is a factor people consider when choosing where to live, especially with so many people now working from home.
City schools superintendent Nathan Hale said technology is one of the fastest changing aspects of society.
“Over the past two years this has never been more important to our students and to our families to have high-speed connectivity at home,” he said. “There’s no doubt when a student has good internet access at home it gives them resources that they cannot have anywhere else. I tell people you can be anywhere you want to be with a couple of clicks.”
AT&T also announced a plan for low-income residents to get the new internet service by participating in the Affordable Connectivity Program. The program provides eligible households with up to $30 per month credit to reduce the cost.
Additionally, AT&T recently introduced a new plan to its Access from AT&T program, providing internet speeds of up to 100 Mbps, where available, for $0 when combined with ACP.
For more information and to check availability for all speed tiers of AT&T Fiber from 300 Mbps up to 5-Gigs, visit att.com/getfiber. For additional details regarding our Access from AT&T program, visit att.com/internet/access
Residents can sign up to be notified when AT&T Fiber is available at their address at att.com/notifyme.