Ginger Nelson

Amarillo’s internet plan is the first of its kind in Texas

Partnerships will drive deployment, low-cost and no-cost internet, and digital equity

Note: The following is an OpEd column from Mayor of Amarillo, Ginger Nelson.

The City of Amarillo is forging a new path in Texas as the first major city to marry the power of the private sector with American Rescue Plan funding to drive the deployment of high-speed, high-security Internet connections throughout our community.

Through a standard and transparent procurement process, we recently awarded AT&T, an experienced and proven broadband provider, the contract to make Internet connections available throughout our city. This was done through an investment of over $20 million from AT&T.

Ginger Nelson

Through this partnership, AT&T will install fiber optics to connect homes, apartments, schools and other government buildings and businesses in Amarillo. This extended fiber network will be the fastest among major providers and will offer symmetrical speeds of up to 5 gigabytes on uploads and downloads. It is super-fast internet, allowing a user to stream ultra-HD quality videos to up to 4 devices at the same time or download an entire music album in about seven seconds.

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