Of those 30 million people who can sign up for the service today, T-Mobile says 10 million are located in rural communities. “We’re going to make sure small-town American isn’t left behind anymore,” Sievert said during the presentation. You can check if T-Mobile Home Internet is available in your location by visiting the carrier’s website. One thing to note is that the company says initial availability will be limited by its inventory of WiFi gateways — and there’s a global shortage of those at the moment.
As part of today’s event, the carrier also announced a project called T-Mobile Hometown. Over the next two years, it plans to build new retail locations in rural communities across the United States. T-Mobile estimates its new stores will create 5,000 jobs. In places where it isn’t feasible to build new retail locations, the company plans to hire 2,500 “Hometown Experts.” These employees will have many of the same responsibilities as its regular retail workers, but they won’t operate out of a traditional store. “Think of [them] as a one-person store,” T-Mobile says of the new position.