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AT&T lines up 21 potential markets for 1 Gbps U-verse

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 1:49pm
Brian Santo

AT&T said it will be expanding its fiber-based 1 Gbps version of U-verse to as many as 21 additional markets.

Just like Google with its rival 1 Gbps service, Google Fiber, AT&T will only expand to cities that ease the way for its 1 Gbps service, called GigaPower.

Late in 2012, AT&T announced a $14 billion, 3-year program to upgrade its networks; the company calls it Project VIP.  The initial goal was at least triple broadband speeds for U-verse TV services from today’s typical 24 Mbps connection, and extend coverage to millions more customers. The scope of Project VIP has expanded to include 1 Gbps installations.  

AT&T previously announced it would establish GigaPower service in parts of Austin (service has begun) and Dallas (service is scheduled to begin this summer), and that it is in discussions in Raleigh-Durham and Winston-Salem.

The new candidate metropolitan areas include: Atlanta, Augusta, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale, Greensboro, Houston, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, Oakland, Orlando, San Antonio, San Diego, St. Louis, San Francisco, and San Jose.

Google has Google Fiber in Kansas City, and is negotiating with several others on that list for its own expansion.  

AT&T said it will consider extending GigaPower to cities “that have suitable network facilities, and show the strongest investment cases based on anticipated demand and the most receptive policies will influence these future selections and coverage maps within selected areas.”

Lori Lee, senior executive vice president, AT&T Home Solutions, said, "We're interested in working with communities that appreciate the value of the most advanced technologies and are willing to encourage investment by offering solid investment cases and policies."

Proposed new markets for AT&T U-verse / GigaPower:

Metropolitan Area

Municipalities

Atlanta

Alpharetta, Atlanta, Decatur, Duluth, Lawrenceville, Lithonia, McDonough, Marietta, Newnan, Norcross,  and Woodstock

Augusta

Augusta

Austin1

 

Charlotte

Charlotte, Gastonia, and Huntersville

Chicago

Chicago, Des Plaines, Glenview, Lombard, Mount Prospect, Naperville, Park Ridge, Skokie, and Wheaton

Cleveland

Akron, Barberton, Bedford, Canton, Cleveland, and Massillon

Dallas2

Dallas2, Farmer's Branch, Frisco, Grand Prairie, Highland Park, Irving, Mesquite, Plano, Richardson, and University Park

Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale

Fort Worth

Arlington, Euless, Fort Worth, and Haltom City

Greensboro

Greensboro

Jacksonville

Jacksonville and St. Augustine

Houston

Galveston, Houston, Katy, Pasadena, Pearland, and Spring

Kansas City

Independence, Kansas City, Leawood, Overland Park, and Shawnee

Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Miami

Hialeah, Hollywood, Homestead, Miami, Opa-Locka and Pompano Beach

Nashville

Clarksville, Franklin, Murfreesboro, Nashville, Smyrna and Spring Hill

Oakland

Oakland

Orlando

Melbourne, Oviedo, Orlando, Palm Coast, Rockledge, and Sanford

Raleigh-Durham2

Apex, Garner and Morrisville
(Carrboro, Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham, Raleigh)2

St. Louis and metro area

Chesterfield, Edwardsville, Florissant, Granite City, and St. Louis

San Antonio

San Antonio

San Diego

San Diego

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Jose

Campbell, Cupertino, Mountain View, and San Jose

Winston-Salem2

Winston-Salem2

1 already servicing with fiber today

 

2 previously announced

 
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