AIKEN, S.C., Feb. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of AT&T's continuing efforts to drive economic development and investment in South Carolina, AT&T* and representatives from Sage Mill Industrial Park and Aiken's Economic Development Partnership (EDP) today announced that Sage Mill Industrial Park has been designated AT&T Fiber Ready. It is the first business park in the county to receive AT&T's Fiber Ready designation.
The announcement comes a month 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 Aiken County Council Chairman Ronnie Young. "This designation can be a tremendous asset in our ongoing efforts to attract innovative, high-tech, high-paying jobs. We're a great area, with world-class connections, and we're open for 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 Will Williams, President/CEO of the EDP. "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 nearly 14,000 in the state of South 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 Sage Mill Industrial Park as one of many places across South Carolina where AT&T's fiber infrastructure is in place and ready to help local businesses drive job creation," said Pam Lackey, president of AT&T South 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 Chairman Young."
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