Rural Solutions, dba Progressive Broadband, Selects Colo Atl and American Tower for New, Scalable Solution to Increase Internet Availability in Rural Tennessee

ATLANTA, January 30, 2020 – Colo Atl—a subsidiary of American Tower, a leading independent owner, operator, and developer of multitenant communications real estate—and Rural Solutions, LLC, dba Progressive Broadband, have entered into an agreement that will bring reliable internet connectivity to rural residents and businesses in Cumberland County, TN, where wireless options are currently scarce. This agreement includes secured colocation space and interconnection at the Colo Atl data center, located at 55 Marietta Street in Atlanta, and tower colocation at a nearby American Tower site. Colo Atl’s premium data center and interconnection services will allow Rural Solutions to securely and conveniently cross connect between tenants within the Meet-Me-Area (MMA), with no monthly recurring fees.

“We are gaining ground quickly in our venture to improve internet connectivity in Cumberland County,” explains David Williams, President of Rural Solutions. “Starting with a fixed wireless and hybrid fiber deployment approach, we are excited to partner with Colo Atl and American Tower, as they help us to attain optimal connectivity solutions and enable more widespread internet access in this area. With the combined fixed wireless and fiber transport solutions offered by American Tower and Colo Atl, we are able to attain our goals and even scale beyond internet access as we grow.”

“Together, Colo Atl and American Tower bring to the market a unique offering for our existing and prospective tenants,” comments John Ghirardelli, General Manager for Colo Atl. “More and more of them are eager to learn about the synergies between Colo Atl and American Tower and the optimal connectivity solutions we can offer. We are excited to help Rural Solutions meet their goal of expanding internet access to residents and businesses across Cumberland County with this combined wireless connectivity solution.”

“In addition to offering this turnkey solution for our business, American Tower and Colo Atl have become trusted partners of ours, who we can call at any time for guidance and assistance,” concludes Williams. “It’s a great partnership indeed, and we are expanding quickly.”

Throughout 2020 and beyond, Rural Solutions plans to expand with American Tower and Colo Atl and colocate on additional towers, with circuits from the towers directed back to Colo Atl.

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