AT&T equips Louisiana with Ethernet service to extend broadband to rural schools, hospitals

AT&T (NYSE: T) is giving Louisiana rural schools, hospitals and public safety a larger pipe to communicate by providing the state with its Switched Ethernet service.

Offering greater speeds and packet prioritization, the state can use the Switched Ethernet service to plan and scale its network usage via AT&T's software-driven on-demand capabilities.

The Ethernet service will be used to support a number of the state's new services for its citizens, including remote telehealth, electronic health records, online student testing, e-filing of state forms and electronic licensing, registration, and renewals among others.

Richard Howze, chief information officer for the State of Louisiana, said in a release that AT&T's Switched Ethernet can help it achieve two goals: close the urban and rural Internet service gap, and cut costs.

Ethernet services were once again a factor in AT&T's revenues in the fourth quarter. Strategic business service revenues were $2.8 billion, up 10.3 percent when adjusted for foreign exchange. The service provider said that its strategic business services continue to see double-digit revenue gains.

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