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AT&T will beat Google in delivering 1 Gbps internet to NC residents

A lot of North Carolina residents started jumping for joy when Google announced that Charlotte and the Raleigh-Durham area were among the 34 cities it selected for an expansion of its 1 gigabit Google Fiber internet service. Customers can opt for a TV/internet bundle for $120, an internet-only bundle for $70, or a “free” internet bundle (5 Mbps down, 1 Mbps up after a one-time $300 construction fee).
While Google is still in the planning stages at this point, AT&T has already reached an agreement with the city of Winston-Salem to deliver a 1 gigabit network. AT&T says that its U-verse with GigaPower service is 10 times faster than the internet speeds currently available in Winston-Salem, which is the home of Wake Forest University.

“Our City has a well-deserved reputation as a technology and medical leader and a network of this magnitude will help take the work underway in both those areas to new levels of innovation and achievement,” said Winston-Salem mayor Allen Joines.
“We’ve already received great input from North Carolinians eager for the fastest available speeds,” added Venessa Harrison, President, AT&T-North Carolina. “This ultra-fast fiber build will help foster innovation, enhance education, and encourage growth.”
AT&T has plans to expand U-verse with GigaPower to other NC cities including Carrboro, Cary, Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Durham, Greensboro, and Raleigh.

Source: AT&T

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Bring it to Charleston
By FITCamaro on 6/11/2014 10:47:32 AM , Rating: 1
So I have another possible internet provider possibility.

RE: Bring it to Charleston
By FITCamaro on 6/11/2014 10:47:57 AM , Rating: 3
Yeah I realized how dumb that sounded but no edit button....

RE: Bring it to Charleston
By Arsynic on 6/11/2014 12:30:44 PM , Rating: 2
Same here, I live in a suburb in Charleston and the Internet is 18 Mbps here. That's a joke. I get 30 Mbps with Comcast.

RE: Bring it to Charleston
By FITCamaro on 6/12/2014 8:16:58 AM , Rating: 2
I live in the suburbs as well. I get 20 down/15 up and could pay for more up to 110 Mbps

Are you saying you actually get 18 but Comcast advertises up to 30?

By StinkyWhizzleTeeth on 6/12/2014 12:12:26 PM , Rating: 2
I needed a Docsis 3.0 modem in order to get to the advertised 30mbps from 20mbps. Only discovered that by buying my own modem instead of leasing.

That's great...
By MaulBall789 on 6/11/2014 11:37:40 AM , Rating: 5
...and what will AT&T be charging for this wonderful service? Because if Google Fiber becomes part of the ISP landscape I can't wait to hear how raped current AT&T Uverse subscribers will feel once they compare it to what they are paying now for ridiculously slow DSL.

This is why it's so important for Google Fiber to entrench themselves here (Raleigh/Durham in my case) and everywhere else. It's the only way the other ISPs will offer competitive rates - force their hand. Comcast/TWC as well. Google may be evil but as they say, the enemy of my enemy is my friend.

And really, anything that helps me realize a long standing fantasy of mine. TWC senior level executives at my door, begging/grovelling on bended knee, weeping, to keep my business at drastically discounted rates and to thank me for the tens of thousands of dollars I have paid them over the past 20 years for poor service and slow/unreliable internet. And if any TWC/Comcast/AT&T/Verizon execs are reading this, beware. I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one harboring this fantasy. If Google lands, get your best pucker lips ready. I see a lot of free market retribution about to take place.

RE: That's great...
By DigitalFreak on 6/11/2014 2:25:55 PM , Rating: 2
If it follows Austin pricing, it will be around $70/month if you let them snoop your traffic, and $100 if you don't. Of course, no one is actually getting 1Gb from them yet. Max speed is 300Mb.

RE: That's great...
By Boze on 6/11/2014 2:56:10 PM , Rating: 2
$100 if you don't? You mean Business U-Verse?

By okashira on 6/11/2014 12:18:25 PM , Rating: 4
It's amazing how AT&T announces gigabit rollouts in the city's, and only the city's, with google fiber coming.

Just one hell of a coincidence.

RE: Amazing
By FITCamaro on 6/12/2014 8:18:54 AM , Rating: 3
Competition is amazing huh? Hence why I say get rid of mandated monopolies to allow more competition. Not continue with the path of promoting hatred of companies and expecting the government to force them to improve their service while letting them keep their government enforced grip on the consumers in an area.

Less government, not more.

I wonder...
By Peter-B on 6/11/2014 10:58:27 AM , Rating: 3
... if Netflix streaming is still going to be throttled

By 457R4LDR34DKN07 on 6/11/2014 6:33:30 PM , Rating: 2
They wont have to travel very far to get the fiber optic cables. There is a Corning cabling systems plant right there in Winston-Salem.

Live 300 feet from a VRAD
By Cstefan on 6/11/2014 7:03:50 PM , Rating: 2
Nope, no Uverse in my area. The VRAD down the road is UVerse, just not mine. DSL you ask? 768k at 500 LINE FEET AWAY.

So I get stuck with Time Packetloss Warner.

Well played AT&T.
By coram007 on 6/11/2014 11:18:26 PM , Rating: 2
Now if we can just remove those year long traffic Jams maybe we can really compete with google fiber. Or maybe we can actually put fiber in areas other than where google announced it will to spead the fiber rollout across the USA...

Well played AT&T.
By coram007 on 6/11/2014 11:22:11 PM , Rating: 2
Now if we can just remove those at minimum year long internet traffic Jams that are completely resolvable then maybe we can really compete with google fiber. Or maybe we can actually put fiber in areas other than where google announced it will to spead the fiber rollout across the USA... Lets do both simultaneously since people in USA pay a lot more and receive a lot less in the way of connectivity compared to the rest of the world...Now there's a thought.

U-Verse to the rescue as a ploy to distract us from the real situation at hand perhaps?

OK, but
By SDBud on 6/12/2014 2:58:03 AM , Rating: 2

That WOULD be cool, IF you could trust AT&T, but..

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