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Expansion will start with 21 new cities

Google may have sparked incredible interest in putting blazing fast fiber optic networks into cities around the country, but it's not alone. AT&T has announced that it is now preparing to expand its own ultra-fast fiber network to additional cities and municipalities around the country.

AT&T is currently looking at 100 different areas around the country.

The network that AT&T is looking to roll out is capable of speeds up to 1 Gbps and can support the most advanced TV services AT&T offers. AT&T has offered a list of 21 candidate metro areas that could get the service first. Those cities 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."

Those cities are in addition to the previously announced markets and once the new markets are in place, AT&T will have its fast fiber network in 25 metro areas. Those previously announced areas include Austin, Dallas, Raleigh-Durham, and Winston-Salem.

“We’re delivering advanced services that offer consumers and small businesses the ability to do more, faster, help communities create a new wave of innovation, and encourage economic development,” said Lori Lee, senior executive vice president, AT&T Home Solutions. “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.”

Google announced in February that it was looking at bringing its fiber network to 34 cities in total in the coming years.

Source: AT&T

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By imaheadcase on 4/22/2014 10:10:52 AM , Rating: 4
It was going to be awesome, give every rural customer DSL! Everyone will have broadband! Guess what? 1.5billion dollars later, fewer than %15 of customers got "upgraded".

By integr8d on 4/22/2014 12:06:21 PM , Rating: 2
Don't believe anything AT&T says. They're just fishing for more tax breaks.

Google 'You've already paid $2000 for a fiber connection'

By nudestbob on 4/22/2014 12:50:06 PM , Rating: 2
They aren't really expanding their coverage area. Since their existing infrastructure; using the "VRAD" that is already providing UVERSE service, is already capable of supporting FTTP. They're simply going to be converting those areas that are currently FTTN over to FTTP.

By JediJeb on 4/22/2014 3:53:55 PM , Rating: 2
It was going to be awesome, give every rural customer DSL! Everyone will have broadband! Guess what? 1.5billion dollars later, fewer than %15 of customers got "upgraded".

Exactly! I live 5 miles from a city of 18,000 and just have access to 1.5MbDSL service from AT&T, and we just got that about 4 years ago. About a mile past me and it is still dial up only.

My parents live 20 miles from any town and those within 20 miles of them are about 1500-2500 in population. The are on a small independent telephone company called Brandenburg Telephone Company(BBTel)and my parents have 2MbDSL through them and can get higher if they want, and just a few miles up the road they have digital TV service coming through the same lines. My parents said it won't be long until they will have the digital TV service there also.

Twenty miles from nowhere and an independent telecom can offer 2Mb and higher DSL service and 5 miles from a small city and AT&T can't offer much more than dialup. Maybe we would be better off if once again the government broke up all the large telecoms and gave the upgrade money to the smaller companies, seems they know how to use it better.

By atechfan on 4/23/2014 1:55:37 PM , Rating: 2
I live in a town of approx. 19000 and I have 180 Mbps fiber, and could go higher than that if I wanted to pay more. Even some of the smaller towns on the isolated north shore have fiber available, and almost everyone who doesn't have fiber has 10 or 15 Mbps DSL available. You guys in the USA are so far behind the rest of the developed world when it comes to internet.

By Chaser on 4/24/2014 1:50:13 PM , Rating: 2
You guys in the USA are so far behind the rest of the developed world when it comes to internet.
We happen to quite a bit more "rural" area to cover than most country/states. How about we count the amount of people that have broadband service nationwide and compare the totals?

AT&T is hurting in Kansas City
By RjBass on 4/22/2014 12:09:16 PM , Rating: 3
I had to call AT&T Customer Service just a couple days ago about a problem with my cell phone service. The lady was helpful and got it sorted for me, but when done she then asked me why I am not subscribing to AT&T high speed internet and UVerse TV services. I told her I already have high speed internet and HD TV service. She then asked me how much I pay for my internet and TV and I told her $120/month.

She proceeded to tell me that $120 seemed very high, and asked me what I was getting for that. I told her I have Google fiber and I get 150 HD channels, plus gigabit internet both up and down, 1tb of online storage and a Nexus 7 tablet.

She said she has never heard of Google Fiber, and asked me "what's gigabit?". I told her I get up to 1000mbps both down and up and average around 700mbps down and 870mbps up. She then said AT&T has nothing to offer me that can beat that price and those services in my area. I told her I know, and hung up.

Does KC need AT&T to bring their ultra fast fiber services to our area? Only if they are going to cover some of the area's not covered by Google Fiber and can offer their services for the same price or better than Google Fiber.

Does AT&T need to bring their ultra fast fiber services to KC? Yes, because AT&T, Comcast and Time Warner (now both and the same) are shedding customers left and right. A friend of mine who works for Time Warner at their main offices in KC said she heard that TWC has lost 56% of it's customers in the area's where Google has laid it's fiber. In over 80% of a semi large metro area, those are huge numbers.

RE: AT&T is hurting in Kansas City
By Proxes on 4/22/2014 2:56:34 PM , Rating: 2
I hope they bring it to Overland Park. Internet options here are very poor. I'm just south of Sprint campus and my apartment complex choices are TWC and AT&T DSL, not even U-Verse.

RE: AT&T is hurting in Kansas City
By RjBass on 4/22/2014 4:12:44 PM , Rating: 2
The reason why Overland Park, Liberty and other suburbs of KC are not getting it is because the various cities chose not to help subsidize the build out of the new fiber network. Overland Park legislators voted no because their campaigns receive money from Time Warner. Same with Liberty's.

By marvdmartian on 4/22/2014 3:12:18 PM , Rating: 2
If only they would really push this service out a ways!

Take Texas. They currently offer their service in Fort Worth, and are expanding to Dallas (and surrounding suburbs).


Actually, I'm a bit shocked that they didn't already have Dallas serviced, and cannot, for the life of me, imagine why they didn't?? Geez, there might be a grand total of 35 miles between the center of each city, but the entire Dallas-Ft Worth metroplex might as well be one big city.

Seriously, AT&T.....time to grow up, and push out of the high density areas, and offer some service to the lower population cities. Heck, I'm no more than 2 hours away, in a city of 100,000 people, and don't expect to EVER see this service here before I die, at the glacial pace they're expanding outward!

As much as I dislike ATT...
By hpglow on 4/22/2014 12:43:43 PM , Rating: 4
We need more competition in most cities. Anything that pushes back on Comcast is good IMO.

By Silver2k7 on 4/22/2014 6:48:35 PM , Rating: 2
1Gbit have been avalible for some time (years in Scandinavia) still expensive. Thought "Ultra-Fast" was 2Gbit or some new speed record :)

By Myrandex on 4/22/2014 8:29:05 PM , Rating: 2
I've made the cut.

By Dr of crap on 4/22/2014 9:47:43 AM , Rating: 1
And make sure and get as many customers can you can sign up.

Then like the two Netflix articles point out, they can pass cost unto their customers for actually wanting to use all the speed. Don't offer it if you cant handle a few customers viewing movies all at the same time!

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