APEX, N.C., March 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of AT&T's continuing efforts to drive economic development and investment in North Carolina, AT&T* and representatives from the Town of Apex and Apex Economic Development (ADP) have announced that the Pinnacle Business Corridor has been designated AT&T Fiber Ready.
The announcement comes just weeks after AT&T said that more than 23,000 business customer locations have been added to the fiber network in the past three years.
"In an international economy, high-speed broadband can help local businesses go head-to-head with competitors from any corner of the globe and succeed," said Apex Mayor Lance Olive. "This designation will be a tremendous asset in our ongoing efforts to attract innovative, high-tech, high-paying jobs. We're a great town, with world-class connections, and we've opened our arms to business."
In today's world, 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.
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, AT&T GigaPowerSM 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.
"The availability of fiber-optic facilities and high-speed communications capabilities is one of the key checkpoints when a business is considering a site for relocation or expansion," said Joanna Helms, Director of Apex Economic Development. "This Fiber Ready designation will be a valuable tool as we continue to aggressively recruit businesses that depend upon state-of-the art communications."
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 recognize the Pinnacle Business Corridor as one of many places across North Carolina where AT&T's fiber infrastructure is in place and ready to help local businesses drive job creation," said Robert Doreauk, 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 Mayor Olive."
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