AT&T to deliver 1 GB fiber broadband in Austin

AT&T announced today it has begun deployment of a 100 percent fiber Internet broadband network in Austin that will deliver speeds up to 1 Gbps.

AT&T plans to begin delivering AT&T U-verse with GigaPowerSM, the city’s fastest Internet available to consumers, along with more advanced TV services and features, in December.

“Austin embodies innovation and social consciousness, and is the heart of a vibrant, ever-evolving tech culture and entrepreneurial spirit,” said Dave Nichols, president, AT&T Texas.

“With our all-fiber U-verse services, we are building the foundation for a new wave of innovation for Austin’s consumers, businesses, and civic and educational institutions. It’s about engaging the full community and empowering the city and its people with all that technology can offer us. This investment will help attract new business and new jobs to Austin,” added Nichols.

AT&T’s U-verse with GigaPowerSM service will initially reach tens of thousands of customer locations throughout Austin and the surrounding areas this year, with additional local expansion planned in 2014 to reach even more neighborhoods and businesses.

“This is an exciting time to live and work in Austin. We currently sit at the cutting edge of technology and this deployment will allow our businesses and residents to work, educate, create, invest, and build at faster speeds,” said Mike Rollins, president, Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce.

AT&T also announced the creation of a new executive position to lead its U-verse with GigaPowerSM initiative and named Dahna Hull to the role of vice president and general manager, Austin, AT&T Services.

Along with news of the fiber investment, AT&T announced it will work with leaders throughout Austin to discuss how a fiber platform can further the citywide technology ecosystem, driving further innovation to complement the city’s progressive technology focus.

The December launch will initially feature symmetrical speeds of up to 300 Mbps with plans to reach speeds up to 1 Gbps per second by mid-2014. Customers who sign-up for 300 Mbps service will upgrade to speeds up to 1 Gbps when available in mid-2014, and at no extra cost. Consumers can access cutting-edge TV services that include our most advanced Total Home DVR with more HD TV streams to record and watch multiple shows simultaneously, plus greater DVR storage capacity.

Consumers will get faster Wi-Fi speeds and the ability to schedule DVR recordings and watch hit TV shows on more than 30 Smartphones and tablets, as well as one’s PC. AT&T wireless customers will enjoy 50 GB of free cloud storage.

AT&T’s U-verse with GigaPowerSM complements its three-year Project Velocity IP (VIP) investment plan to expand and enhance its wireless and wireline IP broadband networks to support growing customer demand for high-speed Internet access, advanced TV services, and new mobile and cloud services. This year, AT&T plans to invest in the $21 billion and in the $20 billion range each year in 2014 and 2015.

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