By utilizing Google’s SAS service and Network Planner, Nextlink Internet will be able to deliver affordable, high-quality internet service to more customers, more effectively, in more rural and small-town areas.
“We’re excited to use Google’s SAS service and Network Planner to help make the dream of high-speed internet service in the CBRS band a reality,” said company CEO Bill Baker. “Their products are unique because they leverage Google’s detailed awareness of real-world objects like trees and buildings, which is extremely helpful to network operators like us.”
“While the cost of networks based on copper wires, fiber, cable, or satellites has been a barrier to serving rural areas in the past, fixed-wireless networks using both unlicensed and lightly licensed, shared airwaves can be built quickly and affordably,“ Baker added. “Having access to the CBRS band will make it possible for Nextlink to continue its expansion to reach more customers in under-served areas of Texas, Oklahoma, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska.”
“Nextlink has shown a deep commitment to bringing broadband internet access where it’s needed most,” said Dave Vadasz, Business Development lead for Google, “We are excited to support Nextlink in reaching even more under-served areas with greater efficiency and speed to market.”
Nextlink Internet, based in Hudson Oaks, Texas, is a provider of high-speed internet and voice services to residential, business, institutional and government customers in mostly rural and small-town areas, with an emphasis on excellent customer service. The company uses a mix of “fixed wireless” as well as fiber-optic network technologies to deliver internet access. For residential plans, speed plans go as high as 100 megabits per second (Mbps), with no data caps or limits; business customers can design custom links as high as 1 gigabit per second (Gbps). Since its founding in 2012, Nextlink has attracted approximately 40,000 broadband subscribers with its focus on quality and customer service. In 2018, Nextlink won a competitive bid for $281 million in support over 10 years from the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Connect America Fund (CAF), which will help the company deploy broadband services to more than 100,000 homes and businesses across six states.