AT&T extends reach of 'Internet Air'

AT&T has expanded 'Internet Air,' its fixed wireless access offering, to 13 more markets, including Houston and St. Louis. Internet Air is now offered in 33 US markets.

Jeff Baumgartner, Senior Editor

November 3, 2023

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AT&T Internet Air unboxing
(Source: AT&T)

AT&T continues to expand the reach of "Internet Air," the company's fixed wireless access (FWA) product that was soft-launched in April and then launched commercially in August.

Following a recent wave of expansions that made Internet Air available to 20 cities, including Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and Detroit, AT&T said this week it has launched Internet Air to an additional 13 markets:

  • Albany and Rochester, New York

  • Bakersfield, and Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto, California

  • Charleston, West Virginia

  • Columbus and Youngstown, Ohio

  • Houston, Texas

  • Kansas City and St. Louis, Missouri

  • Miami, Florida

  • Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport,Virginia

That expansion builds on earlier launches of Internet Air in the following markets:

  • Cleveland-Akron (Canton) and Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Denver, Colorado

  • Orlando/Gainesville, and Tampa-St. Petersburg (Sarasota), Florida

  • Providence, Rhode Island-New Bedford, Massachusetts

  • Los Angeles, California

  • Philadelphia, Harrisburg-Lancaster-Lebanon, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Las Vegas, Nevada

  • Phoenix (Prescott), Arizona

  • Chicago, Illinois

  • Detroit, Flint-Saginaw-Bay City, Michigan

  • Hartford-New Haven, Connecticut

  • Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota

  • Portland, Oregon

  • Salt Lake City, Utah

  • Seattle-Tacoma, Washington

AT&T is using the 5G-powered Internet Air product to capture customers on aging copper infrastructure, in areas where it also offers fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) service in parts of those markets, as well as in several cities and towns where AT&T has no existing wireline broadband offerings.

25,000-plus Internet Air subs

"We view this product as yet another tool in our connectivity toolbox," AT&T CEO John Stankey said last month on the company's Q3 2023 earnings call.

While largely acting as a "targeted catch product," Stankey said AT&T has been pleased with its early reception. He said AT&T had added about 25,000 Internet Air customers so far – enough to help AT&T end Q3 with net broadband subscriber growth of +15,000.

While those gains helped, it's still early days for AT&T's new product. Verizon and T-Mobile, mobile network operators that have been much more aggressive in their use of FWA for home broadband, had a collective 6.87 million fixed wireless customers (2.67 million for Verizon, 4.2 million for T-Mobile) at the end of Q3.

Those FWA products are putting some pressure on cable operator broadband subscriber growth, particularly on the lower end of the market.

AT&T's Internet Air product starts at $55 per month, a price that includes in-home equipment that is being deployed under a self-install model. Customers who combine it with AT&T mobile can get Internet Air for $35 per month.

About the Author(s)

Jeff Baumgartner

Senior Editor, Light Reading

Jeff Baumgartner is a Senior Editor for Light Reading and is responsible for the day-to-day news coverage and analysis of the cable and video sectors. Follow him on X and LinkedIn.

Baumgartner also served as Site Editor for Light Reading Cable from 2007-2013. In between his two stints at Light Reading, he led tech coverage for Multichannel News and was a regular contributor to Broadcasting + Cable. Baumgartner was named to the 2018 class of the Cable TV Pioneers.

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