Enid, Oklahoma is rolling out the red carpet, or at least breaking ground, for new neighbor Nextlink Internet. The Enid News & Eagle reports the Texas-based broadband provider is setting up shop in the Garfield County Industrial Park. It’s anticipated that Nextlink will create at least 30 new jobs.
“All of us at Nextlink Internet are excited about the opportunity to begin serving customers in the Enid and northern Oklahoma area,” said Nextlink CEO Bill Baker.
“While the cost of networks based on DSL, fiber, cable or satellites have been a barrier to serving rural areas in the past, fixed-wireless networks can be built faster and more affordably. Add in our expertise in serving rural and small-town areas, and we think it adds up to great news for businesses and families in northern Oklahoma.”
The FCC has contributed $281 million to Nextlink, to further its plans to extend broadband to rural subscribers. The company has more than 36,000 participants in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and Illinois. The company’s press release describes the service as a blend of fixed wireless and fiber-optic network technology.
Residential subscribers can expect speeds as high as 50 megabits-per-second (Mbps), without data caps or limits. Business clients have the option of designing their own plans as high as 1 gigabit per second (Gbps). Nextlink has also declared that it will partner with Microsoft’s Airband initiative in Oklahoma.
December 2, 2019