RIPLEY, Tenn., Oct. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of AT&T's* continuing efforts to drive economic development and investment in Tennessee, AT&T and representatives from the City of Ripley and the Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce today announced that the American Way Industrial Park in Ripley, Tennessee has been designated AT&T Fiber Ready.
The AT&T Fiber Ready designation helps economic development leaders more effectively position their communities for site selection by emphasizing the availability of high-speed, fiber-based services.
In today's world, connectivity is vital to new employers and businesses of every type.
"Private investment paved the way for this this Fiber Ready designation which helps our economic development leaders as they work to attract jobs and grow our local economy," said House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh.
"The effort to attract new businesses to communities is increasingly competitive, and as we work to continue improving the business-friendly environment in Tennessee, the AT&T Fiber Ready designation provides an opportunity to clearly show the presence of modern communications services," said Senator Ed Jackson. "This can be a valuable tool as we continue to aggressively recruit new employers to the area."
"Ripley has long been attractive to investment and to business opportunities, and the infrastructure that AT&T has deployed in our community has consistently kept us as a strong contender as we compete to attract new employers," said Mayor Jon Pavletic. "With the AT&T Fiber Ready designation we can highlight the presence of this vital fiber-optic infrastructure as we continue to recruit new employers to the area."
AT&T has been deploying high-speed, fiber-optic infrastructure across the state for years, totaling more than 1.7 million strand miles of fiber-optics to date, and the AT&T Fiber Ready designation is a tool for economic development leaders to highlight the assets available in their facilities.
"This designation and our work with AT&T will help us raise awareness about the infrastructure and benefits of the American Way Industrial Park with prospective industries and site selection consultants around the world," said Susan Worlds, executive director, Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce. "Tennessee's economy is headed in the right direction, in large part because of the leadership of our elected officials. Their focus on smart policies and economic development are vital to our work to strengthen local economies and increase opportunities for job creation."
"For years, AT&T has invested in Tennessee to deliver high-speed Internet in urban and rural areas all across the state using the latest wired and wireless technologies, and this announcement offers an opportunity to highlight AT&T's fiber infrastructure in the American Way Industrial Park – infrastructure that is helping local businesses drive job creation," said Chuck Thomas, regional director, external and legislative affairs, AT&T Tennessee. "AT&T Tennessee's employees are working hard every day to deploy our fiber-based network that delivers the high-speed Internet access that Tennesseans want and need, and the fiber optic connectivity that is available in the American Way Industrial Park is in place to meet the communications needs of businesses of all sizes."
For more information on AT&T Fiber Ready in Tennessee, visit: http://tennessee.att.com/
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