Fiber internet is great. But it’s sadly not everywhere, and for some harder-to-reach locations, it might not be an option.
One of the biggest advantages of wireless connectivity is its ability to reach more remote places, as long as antennas are properly deployed. AT&T is now making a push towards letting you use their wireless network as your home internet. How, exactly? With the Internet Air – which the company is now officially deploying in 4 more cities as it eventually works towards making it available nationwide.
The company has announced that Internet Air is expanding to four new locations — Cleveland-Akron (Canton), OH; Denver, CO; Orlando/Gainesville, FL; and Providence, RI/New Bedford, MA. The new locations join the existing list of available major cities across the country, including parts of Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Tampa.
If you’re not familiar with what Internet Air is, you should definitely check out our previous coverage. Essentially, it’s exactly what it sounds like — a router that can take advantage of AT&T’s wireless network, serving as a substitute to the company’s fiber service.
The key to AT&T Internet Air’s success lies in its simplicity — customers can easily self-install the service in just five steps, with AT&T saying that setup takes less than 15 minutes.
A QR code and step-by-step guide streamline the process, while the AT&T Smart Home Manager app helps users find the optimal location for the strongest connection. Optional Wi-Fi extenders are also available to eliminate dead zones.
AT&T Internet Air has a single plan available that costs $55 per month, plus taxes. There are no overage fees, no annual contracts, no price increases after 12 months, no equipment fees, or anything of the like. The service is also eligible for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), providing some households with up to $30 a month (up to $75 a month on qualifying Tribal lands) to reduce the cost of service. So it could potentially bring your bill way down if you’re eligible.
If the service is available where you live, make sure to read more about it on AT&T’s website. It sure looks like AT&T is committed to a fast rollout, so even if it’s not available just yet, things might change sooner than later.