AT&T Connecting Rural Tennessee with High-Speed Internet Service

AT&T Blog Team
June 12, 2020
Broadband Access and Affordability

AT&T Connecting Rural Tennessee with High-Speed Internet Service

AT&T – through its participation in the FCC’s Connect America Fund – has extended high-speed Internet service to more than 64,000 homes and businesses in rural parts of 65 Tennessee counties.

In the first four months of 2020, we have continued to expand access to new Fixed-Wireless Internet services at more than 70 additional cellular towers. This effort makes high-speed Internet available to even more rural customers across the state, as we work to meet our goal of delivering access to approximately 16,000 additional locations by the end of this year.

Fixed-Wireless Internet delivers an internet connection with typical download speeds of 25Mbps.1 The connection comes from a wireless tower to a fixed antenna on a customer’s home or business, creating an efficient way to deliver last-mile high-speed internet to customers living in underserved rural areas.

The towers used to provide this service are connected to AT&T’s network using AT&T fiber optics. AT&T has more than 3.2 million strand miles of AT&T fiber optics covering Tennessee, which enables the company to offer a wide variety of products and services delivering the high-speed connectivity Tennessee businesses and residents need.

The service is available to locations in rural parts of the following Counties:

Anderson Franklin Lawrence Rhea
Bedford Gibson Lewis Roane
Benton Giles Lincoln Robertson
Blount Grainger Loudon Rutherford
Bradley Greene Madison Sevier
Campbell Hamblen Marion Shelby
Carroll Hardeman Marshall Smith
Cheatham Hardin Maury Stewart
Chester Hawkins McMinn Sumner
Cocke Haywood McNairy Tipton
Coffee Henderson Meigs Trousdale
Crockett Henry Monroe Union
Cumberland Hickman Montgomery Weakley
Davidson Humphreys Moore Williamson
Dickson Jefferson Morgan Wilson
Dyer Lake Obion
Fayette Lauderdale Polk

“We are keeping residents and businesses across Tennessee connected.”

Joelle Phillips, President – AT&T Tennessee

“AT&T is proud to work with our local, state and federal leadership to provide the connectivity Tennessee’s residents and businesses demand,” said Joelle Phillips, President, AT&T Tennessee. “We are keeping residents and businesses across Tennessee connected, and while we recognize that there is more work to be done, the continued deployment of this innovative service in rural communities and the ongoing enhancement of our statewide network reflects our commitment to this state.”

1Fixed Wireless Internet is a high-speed Internet access service providing download speed of at least 10Mbps/1Mbps upload speed.  Limited availability.  Available in select areas in the U.S. only.  Internet speed claims:  Service performance may be affected by the customer’s proximity to a cell site, the capacity of the cell site, the number of other users connected to the same cell site, the surrounding terrain, radio frequency interference, applicable network management practices, and the applications used.  Visit for more details.