WINCHESTER, Tenn., Nov. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of AT&T's* continuing efforts to drive economic development and investment in Tennessee, AT&T and representatives from the Franklin County Industrial Development Board and the City of Winchester today announced that the Franklin County Industrial Park and Roy Crownover Park in Winchester, Tennessee have 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.
"This designation will help raise awareness about the infrastructure and benefits of Franklin County's Industrial Parks with prospective companies and site selection consultants around the world," said Rep. David Alexander. "As our economy continues to head in the right direction, it is due in large part to a focus on smart policies that enable investments like these."
"All Across Tennessee, there are hard workers, strong communities and people ready to do the work necessary to keep our economy growing and developing, and when we can highlight the presence of these vital communications resources, it serves to make our community even more attractive to potential employers," said Winchester Mayor Terry Harrell.
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.
"The speeds and capacity that is possible over fiber optic infrastructure is essential for a growing number of businesses today, this designation will help us to emphasize the resources that Franklin County offers when companies are deciding where they want to base their operations," said Franklin County Mayor Richard Stewart.
"Winchester has long been attractive to investment and to business opportunities, and the infrastructure in our community has consistently kept us as a strong contender as we compete to attract new employers," said Gene Seaton, assistant to the Mayor's Office of Industrial Development & Retention. "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."
"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 these Franklin County Industrial Parks – infrastructure that is helping local businesses drive job creation," said Alan Hill, regional director of external 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 Tennessean's want and need, and the fiber optic connectivity that is available in the Franklin County Industrial Park and Roy Crownover 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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