WILMINGTON, N.C., March 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Wilmington area’s growing technology reputation scored another “first” today as representatives of AT&T*, the City of Wilmington and Wilmington Downton Inc. announced that the Wilmington Municipal Services District has been designated AT&T Fiber Ready.
Wilmington is the first municipal services district in the country to receive the designation. Last year, the ILM Business Park became the first international airport business park in the country designated AT&T Fiber Ready. The Pender County Industrial Park, on the border of New Hanover and Pender counties, received the first AT&T Fiber Ready designation in the state.
In a global economy, connectivity is vital to new employers and businesses of every type. The AT&T Fiber Ready designation helps economic development leaders more effectively position their communities for site selection by emphasizing the availability of high-speed, fiber-based services.
“For businesses, fiber is the future, and in Wilmington, the future is now,” said Mayor Bill Saffo. “This designation will be particularly appealing to tech innovators and will help make us a preferred destination for entrepreneurs looking for business opportunities coupled with a quality of life that is second-to-none.”
“We are in direct competition with large cities and metro regions across this country for the technology-driven jobs of the future,” said House Representative Deb Butler. “Economic growth today depends on the availability of advanced technology and fiber-optic-based communications. These certifications tell the world that the Cape Fear region is ready to help businesses grow and succeed in a global, online economy.”
The AT&T fiber network provides the bandwidth needed to support data intensive services such as video, collaboration, cloud services and more through products such as Ethernet, Virtual Private Networking, Managed Internet Service and AT&T Business Fiber. Customers can complement their high-speed Internet with network security options and online backup to help protect and virtualize their business-critical information.