ALBEMARLE, N.C., Oct. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of AT&T's continuing efforts to drive economic development and investment in North Carolina, AT&T* and representatives from Stanly County today announced that Meadow Creek Business Park has been designated AT&T Fiber Ready, the first business park in Stanly County to receive this designation.
In a global economy, connectivity is vital to new employers and businesses of every type. 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 an Information Age economy, we are in direct competition with large cities and metro regions across this country for the technology-driven jobs of the future," said Scott Efird, Chairman of the Stanly County Commission. "Ready availability of a fiber-optic network, as well as the quality of life we enjoy here, are competitive advantages and will help us be successful in pursuing the clean, sustainable high-paying jobs we want and need in Stanly County."
The AT&T fiber network provides the bandwidth needed to support data intensive services such as video, collaboration, cloud services and more through products such as Ethernet, Virtual Private Networking, Managed Internet Service and AT&T Business Fiber. Customers can complement their high-speed Internet with network security options and online backup to help protect and virtualize their business-critical information.
"A consistent theme throughout our discussions with businesses considering expansion or relocation is the need for ready access to advanced communications infrastructure," said Paul Stratos, Director of the Stanly County Economic Development Commission. "Regardless of the industry, businesses view this as vital for their business operations and for enhancing the quality-of-life environment which attracts in-demand employees. The AT&T Fiber Ready designation will be extremely useful in our efforts to market and bring jobs to Stanly County."
In January, AT&T announced that it had added 1 million additional business customer locations – including more than 23,500 in North Carolina – to its fiber network since 2012 when the company began its aggressive fiber expansion program. The expansion helped extend the AT&T U.S. fiber network another 76,000 route miles, bringing the total to nearly 500,000. AT&T offers business customers high-speed Internet products on its fiber network in every major metro in the company's 21-state footprint.
"We are excited to welcome Meadow Creek Business Park to the list of places across North Carolina where AT&T's fiber infrastructure is in place and ready to help local businesses grow," said Kathleen Evans, regional director of external affairs for AT&T North Carolina. "Every day, AT&T's employees use our billions of dollars of investment to deliver high-speed Internet for consumers and businesses. Those investments are possible in large part because of the smart, pro-investment policies championed by our state leaders and by local leaders such as the Stanly County Commissioners, led by Chairman Scott Efird."
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