SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Thanks to AT&T, residents of Shreveport's Queensborough neighborhood are getting a much-needed boost in the cyber world.
"This is our latest and greatest ultrafast technology for Internet - 1,000 MB per second, 1 gig speeds," said Robert Vinet, the utility's regional director.
"And so we're going to have 2,000 homes with access to this product."
The announcement was made during a news conference Thursday morning where city and state leaders expressed their excitement about the new leap in service.
"There was a lot of demand from residents as we had community meetings over the years saying that Internet service was slow in this area as well as, for some reason, cell phone service was slow in this area," state Rep. Sam Jenkins said.
To put it in perspective, the new fiber-optic network will be fast enough to download 25 songs in 1 second and a 90-minute high-definition movie in 30 seconds.
"The Internet has grown to the point where its no longer a convenience, it's now a utility like you need water, you need electricity, you need Internet," said Demetrius Norman, president of the Queensborough Neighborhood Association.
With increased access and incredibly high Internet speeds, he said, residents will have a surplus of opportunities right at their fingertips.
"Now, instead of people worrying about gas money or trying to get a car so they can get them a job, you see people talk about that now they just need Internet and a decent computer. And a lot of these companies will even provide the computer if you pay for the Internet service."
Representatives say Shreveport-Bossier City now joins several locations nationwide with access to these rocket-fast speeds.
The project started in 2017 and is expected to be completed in the coming weeks.
Packages start at $40 per month.