AT&T to Offer Fiber Internet to Austin in 2014
The offering complements the company’s Project Velocity IP investment plan to expand and enhance its wireless and wireline IP broadband networks.AT&T announced it has begun deployment of a fiber Internet broadband network in Austin, Texas, that promises to deliver speeds of up to 1G bps, and the December launch will initially feature symmetrical speeds of up to 300M bps. AT&T's U-verse with GigaPower service is initially planned to reach tens of thousands of customer locations throughout Austin and the surrounding areas this year, with additional local expansion planned in 2014 to reach more neighborhoods and businesses. More details on U-verse with GigaPower pricing and availability will be announced closer to the December launch, the company said. Along with news of the fiber investment, the company 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. Customers who sign-up for 300M bps service will upgrade to speeds up to 1G bps when available in mid-2014 at no extra cost. "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 of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce. "Jump-starting the actual construction of GigaPower will add another reason for people to want to do business and innovate in Austin and call Austin home."
The offering complements the company’s three-year Project Velocity IP 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 range and in the $20 billion range each year in 2014 and 2015.