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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