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AT&T extends high-speed fiber Internet service to Longview and Tyler.

The company reported Monday that it provides high-speed fiber Internet services to 16 million customers and plans to expand the service to parts of Tyler and Longview later this year. Speeds of up to 5 gigabits will be available. The company expects to approximately double the total number of customers with access to high-speed fiber service to approximately 30 million customers by the end of 2025.

AT&T said customers can sign up for alerts about when fiber will be available to their addresses by visiting att.com/notifyme.

“It’s an incredible achievement to bring AT&T Fiber to the residents of Tyler and Longview, and we’re excited to be able to provide more homes and businesses with fast, reliable, and secure Internet,” said Lynette Aguilar, vice president of AT&T and general manager for North Texas.

AT&T said it also participates in the federal Affordable Connectivity Program, which offers eligible households a benefit of up to $30 per month and up to $75 on qualifying tribal lands to lower the cost of broadband service.

“In addition, we recently introduced a new plan to our Access from AT&T program, which provides eligible households with Internet speeds of up to 100 Mbps symmetric speed, when available, for $0 when ACP benefit is applied,” the company reported. “We are also addressing the digital divide in education through our AT&T Connected Learning initiative, which focuses on investing in connectivity, technology, digital literacy and educational solutions to help today’s learners succeed inside and outside the classroom. This includes opening more than 20 AT&T Connected Learning Centers nationwide, all equipped with free access to high-speed AT&T Fiber Internet and Wi-Fi.”

Longview-Kilgore Cable’s parent company said it plans to spend $5.5 million in November 2020 to bring 1-gigabit Internet service to the region by the end of 2021.

Walter E. Hussman Jr., CEO of WEHCO Media, made the announcement during a news conference in the Longview Chamber of Commerce office.

About a year ago, Sparklight said it offers an “all-fiber network ranging from 100 Mbps to 1 Gig for residential customers and 100 Mbps to 5 Gigs for business customers.”

In April 2021, the company said it had connected its first Longview customers in February of that year.




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