Frontier to Provide Citywide WI-FI Access in Select Markets in Illinois and Tennessee
Citizens Communications Company has reached agreements to deploy its Frontier Mobile wireless broadband data service to markets in Cf Cookeville, Tenn., and Carlinville, Ill. These deployments join the City and County of Elko, Nev. and the State University of New York in Orange County as customers of Frontier Mobile ' s public wireless broadband network.
The new wireless data offering is a valuable addition to Frontier's existing suite of voice, video, and High-Speed Internet products and services, all fully integrated on a single bill. Now with citywide wireless broadband from Frontier, Cookeville and Carlinville residents and visitors will have Internet access at home, in the office and on the go.
The company's agreements with the cities allow for scaleable, cost-efficient additions designed to expand network coverage as needed. Cookeville and Carlinville are growth areas, and wireless broadband ubiquity is a value-added enhancement. Cookeville is home to Tennessee Tech University, a major Frontier customer, and is located in fast-growing Putnam County, about 80 miles east of Nashville and 100 miles west of Knoxville. About 25,000 residents of the Upper Cumberland Region travel to Cookeville each day to go to work or school, visit health care providers and enjoy the city's leisure activities. Many of those activities are concentrated in the area of Cookeville where Frontier Mobile service will launch in the spring.
Carlinville, Ill., is about 50 miles south of Springfield, the state capital, and just 70 miles north of the St. Louis, Missouri metro area. Carlinville is the county seat and home to Blackburn College, and a number of leading companies that design and manufacture software solutions and dairy food products.
“Frontier's focus has been, and continues to be, small and medium-sized communities experiencing strong growth. Cookeville and Carlinville -- like Elko County, Nevada and SUNY Orange -- offer an outstanding quality of life, educational opportunity, a locally based Frontier workforce. These cities will benefit from increased broadband Internet choices,” says Maggie Wilderotter, Chairman and CEO of Citizens Communications Company, the parent company of Frontier.
Kerry Haley, Vice President and General Manager, Frontier Mobile, emphasized that “Frontier's strong, positive, existing relationships with cities, counties, businesses and colleges were critical to Frontier Mobile's selection as the provider of wireless broadband services in these communities.” The scaleable nature of Frontier Mobile's wireless data network allows for expansion as growth occurs, and the company's use, in many cases, of city-owned infrastructure for the network will help contain costs.
“Everyone benefits from enhanced wireless broadband access,” says Wilderotter. “The communities we serve remain at the top of the technology curve, and greater mobility makes it easy for residents, visitors and commuters to stay in touch with family, friends and business associates.” Citywide passes will allow Frontier Mobile customers to enjoy one-stop wireless access within the network area in one, two or seven-day increments . Existing Frontier customers may simply add the wireless service to their current products from Frontier to take advantage of the latest offering.