Senator Bobby Singleton and Representative A. J. McCampbell, who represent Greene County in the Alabama State Legislature held a Town Meeting on August 25 at the Eutaw Activity Center. The purpose of the Town Meeting was to share a report on the past 2021 legislative session and discuss upcoming issues and special sessions expected in the Fall. Representative Ralph Howard, who also represents Greene County was listed on the agenda but did not attend the meeting. About 100 people attended the meeting, many had on Greenetrack T-shirts. Representative McCampbell reported that, “Our Census numbers in Sumter and Greene counties were down from the 2010 Census, which means that the district boundaries may change. Rural areas have their populations shrinking while urban areas are growing.” McCampbell said that the State would be holding public hearings during the first weeks of September to give information about the redistricting process. He said he expected a special legislative session to be held in October or November to set district lines. “The current legislature is controlled 75% by Republicans to 25% for Democrats, which means that the Republicans will be drawing districts to maintain their super-majority and we will do what we can to achieve fair voting districts,” said McCampbell. McCampbell said there was a federal lawsuit against conditions in Alabama prisons which required the Governor and the State Legislature to act to build new prisons and rehabilitate others. Senator Singleton called the conditions in the prisons “inhumane” and said that if the state did not act to invest in new prisons, Federal Judge Myron Thompson might take over administration of the prisons. Singleton said he was pushing for more “drug courts” and “mental health courts” to provide treatment for people rather than incarceration and reduce prison populations. McCambell suggested that some geriatric prisoners should be released to home confinement, since that would be a cheaper way of handling their care, since it was expensive to maintain them in jail, when they were no longer a threat to society. McCampbell indicated that the Governor would likely call a special legislative session on the prison issue once a plan for financing prison expansion and rehabilitation had been developed. Both legislators said that the last session had produced the largest Education Budget of $7.7 billion and the largest General Fund Budget of $3.5 billion in the state’s history. Both warned that the law to holdback third grade students, who do not read at third grade level, is going to be a problem in Black Belt rural school systems. “Especially with COVID-19, so many of our students have lost ground. We have added funds for additional reading teachers in our rural schools but I am not sure that this will be enough,” said Singleton. Senator Singleton said, “I know many of you came to hear about the future of gaming in Greene County but because I have been sued by some of the bingo places in the county, my lawyers advised me not to talk about it. I am sorry that some people are trying to take away my voice in Montgomery, through these lawsuits.” Singleton said there was money for broadband, starting in rural areas and money for rural healthcare, maybe Medicaid Expansion, in the state lottery and gaming bills that were defeated in the last legislative session. He did not go further to address the future status of bingo in Greene County and ways in which the state, which would receive most of the revenues from the statewide plan, would assist Greene County agencies, municipalities and charities, currently receiving funds from the county’s Constitutional Amendment 743. The two legislators discussed other issues in the State Legislature that they had worked on to benefit Greene County residents. Other Greene County officials including Mayor Latasha Johnson of Eutaw, Mayor Charles McAlpine of the Town of Forkland, Phillis Belcher, Executive Director of the Greene County Industrial Development Authority and Dr. Carol P. Zippert, Chair of the Greene County Board of Education gave short reports on the work of their municipalities and county agencies.
Greensboro, AL. July 12, 2017 — AT&T* Fixed Wireless Internet1 is now available for rural and underserved locations in parts of Greene and Hale Counties.
Joined by State Senator Bobby Singleton, State Representative Ralph Howard and members of the Hale and Greene County Commissions, AT&T announced that residents in Greensboro, Knoxville, Eutaw and other areas are included in the initial rural and underserved locations in Alabama to which AT&T has extended Fixed Wireless Internet as part of its FCC Connect America Fund commitment. As a part of this commitment, AT&T plans to reach over 400,000 locations in 18 states by the end of 2017, and over 1.1 million locations by 2020.
“In today’s world, high-speed connectivity is important,” said Alabama State Senator Bobby Singleton. “I am excited to see this newly available service bringing enhanced connectivity to Greene and Hale Counties and our rural communities in Alabama.”
“This is a great day for Greensboro, Knoxville and Eutaw,” said Alabama State Representative Ralph Howard. “It is an honor to serve these areas alongside Senator Singleton and Representative AJ McCampbell, and I applaud AT&T for their work to enhance high-speed connectivity for residents and small businesses in rural Alabama.”
AT&T plans to reach nearly 66,000 locations with this technology across Alabama by 2020, and with this initial offering, Fixed Wireless Internet is available today in parts of rural communities throughout Alabama.
“I am thankful for the leadership of our elected officials who work to ensure a pro-consumer business environment and am delighted the rural residents of Greene and Hale Counties are among the first in the nation to access this innovative technology,” said Philliis Belcher, Executive Director of the Greene County Industrial Development Authority.
“The more than 5,300 men and women who work for AT&T and call Alabama home, are proud to work with our local, state and federal leadership to provide the connectivity Alabama’s residents and businesses demand,” said Ty Fondren, Regional Director of External Affairs for AT&T Alabama. “Through this innovative service, we are helping close the remaining connectivity gap in Alabama.”
Fixed Wireless Internet service delivers a home internet connection with download speeds of at least 10Mbps. The connection comes from a wireless tower to a fixed antenna on customers’ homes or businesses. This is an efficient way to deliver high-quality internet to customers in rural and underserved areas.
After a controlled launch in Georgia in April, AT&T has is also launching service in Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Louisiana. Additional states where the company plans to launch this year are Arkansas, California, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Ohio, Texas and Wisconsin.
AT&T will provide updates about additional availability in parts of Alabama, and other states, as it expands Fixed Wireless Internet to more locations.
For more information on Fixed Wireless Internet from AT&T, visit att.com/internet/fixed-wireless.html.
Includes 160GB monthly data allowance. Req’s installation of AT&T outdoor antenna & indoor Residential Gateway. $10/50GB of additional data up to a max of $200/mo.
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