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Miami next on AT&T’s GigaPower hit list; Gig speeds up in Austin

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 12:16pm
Mike Robuck

AT&T’s GigaPower service will touch down in the city of Miami, which is also in Comcast’s footprint.

The Miami announcement came a day after AT&T said that over the coming weeks it would start offering existing subscribers 1 Gbps speeds in Austin. AT&T first launched GigaPower in Austin in December of last year with symmetrical speeds of 300 Mbps. AT&T previously said it would boost the speed of the fiber-based service to 1 Gigabit in the areas of Austin that it serves sometime this summer.

"For well over a century AT&T has been committed to bringing the latest, most advanced technology to our Miami customers and today's announcement is the latest step in fulfilling that commitment," said Joe York, president of AT&T Florida – external affairs. "Smart public policy decisions, such as adopting competitively neutral local ordinances and modernizing state regulatory statutes, play a key role in driving investment. Today's announcement reflects the wisdom of the forward-looking leadership of Mayor Tomas Regalado and other state and local leaders who have worked diligently for many years to create a public policy climate that encourages investment in advanced technology in Miami and in Florida."

In April, AT&T announced it would expand its GigaPower fiber network to up to 100 candidate cities and municipalities across 25 markets nationwide.  Miami was the first city in Florida for GigaPower, but AT&T said it was considering other Miami areas – Hialeah, Hollywood, Homestead, Opa-Locka, and Pompano Beach— as candidate municipalities for the service.

Specific locations of availability and pricing for the Miami market will be forthcoming, according to AT&T. The GigaPower network will be available in limited areas of Miami when the service is first offered. Both AT&T and Google Fiber have been known to “cherry pick” the more affluent areas of cities where they deploy their 1 Gig services.

AT&T said it was deploying additional fiber and electronics to the existing network in Miami to meet the growing demand for faster broadband speeds.

Local residents and small business customers in Miami that are in the GigaPower service areas will also have the ability to watch and record five simultaneous HD streams on AT&T’s DVR service that has one terabyte of storage.

It’s been a busy summer for AT&T’s GigaPower service. AT&T has said it would double the GigaPower households in the Austin area this year and will launch the GigaPower network in Dallas and Fort Worth this summer

Other recent GigaPower rollout announcements include Charlotte, Greensboro, Houston, Nashville, Overland Park, Kan., Raleigh-Durham, San Antonio, and Winston-Salem.

AT&T has also said that upon its proposed acquisition of DirecTV, it would expand the AT&T GigaPower network to an additional two million customer locations. Those two million locations are above and beyond what the company announced in April.

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