AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is testing a way to provide high-speed internet with the help of power lines.
The new tests from AT&T involve its Project AirGig technology. This technology allows the company to use millimeter wave signals that are guided by power lines to provide people with high-speed internet.
AT&T says that the technology created for Project AirGig may one day be able to bring internet speeds exceeding 1 gigabit per second to customers. The setup is also easy with a trained electrification fitting a power pole with the device in just a few minutes.
AT&T notes that there are currently two tests for Project AirGig taking place. The first one started in the Fall and is going on outside the U.S. The second one just got its start and it is underway in Georgia. T is teaming up with Georgia Power for this test and the two hope it’s a step forward to providing many citizens with high-speed internet.
According to AT&T, Project AirGig could act as a way to provide internet to people in areas that can’t get it. This includes suburban, urban and rural locations. The tests taking place in Georgia are in a rural area.
AT&T hopes to continue expanding its tests of Project AirGig to new locations as it learns more about the technology. The company says it still doesn’t know when a commercial version of the product will be available. However, it does says it is “excited” by the recent tests.
As of this writing, William White did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.