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BOONVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) AT&T will build a state-of-the-art fiber powered broadband network covering the entire city of Boonville. 

Planning and engineering work will begin immediately.

The agreement between the city of Boonville and AT&T is designed to increase broadband access to more than 4,000 locations around the city of Boonville to residents and businesses.

“We do need better internet access, higher speeds, things like that for people that live here,” said Brooke Bolton of the Boonville-Warrick Co. Public Library

The more than $4 million contract allows AT&T to build a state-of-the-art fiber network to the city, with connections added to more than 4,000 places in the city, giving residents an option to accept the new service when it starts.

“Consistency, and also, to have faster internet, it would be really great,” said Pam Trickey, who owns Trickey’s Brews and Bevs. She says a consistent internet is vital to her business and her customers.

“We have Square systems, so our point of sales connect to the internet, so we absolutely have to have consistent internet, and we even have a lot who do the work from home from here,” Trickey explained.

Bolton says it can be a boost to those who have to use the library’s or other places internet due to reliability issues.

“They might have their own devices, but their internet at home is so slow, that they cannot use it,” she said.

Mayor Charlie Wyatt says design work started and Boonville is one of the first Indiana towns to get the service. He also thinks it can help with economic development.

“Maybe you would consider moving in to the city of Boonville in one of our new subdivisions or planned subdivisions. I think it’s an economic development tool for me, as well as being able to provide what citizens want for their internet,” he explained.

But mayor Wyatt couldn’t say how much the service would cost residents who choose to sign up for it.

Mayor Wyatt adds the expanded broadband access is expected to be ready in as soon as 18 months. 

ORIGINAL STORY:

Boonville has finalized a $4.4 million contract that will result in AT&T bringing its fiber network to more than 4,000 locations throughout the city.

“This is an exciting day for our city, as our residents will soon have access to AT&T Fiber and the incredible internet speeds it provides,” said Mayor Charlie Wyatt. “Connectivity is crucial to the success of a community and we are so pleased to now officially be moving forward with AT&T on this important project.”

AT&T says extensive planning and engineering work for the Boonville project will begin immediately, and the network is expected to be complete in eighteen months. The press release says the faster speeds and increased bandwidth mean customers can connect multiple devices, stream multiple entertainment sources, quickly upload content to social media and experience ultra-low lag for gaming – all at the same time.

Residents and businesses can learn more about AT&T Fiber here and can sign up to be notified when service will be available at their address here.