AT&T Announces Eleven New Metro Areas For GigaPower Fiber Rollout

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The race is on to bring gigabit Internet service to as many residential homes across the nation as possible. One of the participants is AT&T, which announced plans to expand its fiber-optic network to 11 more metro areas. The expansion is part of a broader initiative to bring AT&T Fiber, the new name for what was previously known as GigaPower, to at least 67 metro areas, including 45 metro areas by the end of the year.

"Customer demand for high-speed connectivity is exceeding even our high expectations. Today we’re also introducing the AT&T Fiber umbrella brand, which lets us bring ultra-fast internet to even more residential and business customers through a mix of the latest network technologies," said David Christopher, chief marketing officer of the AT&T Entertainment Group.

AT&T Fiber offers customers up to 1Gbps download and upload speeds. The service is now available to over 3 million locations, including 500,000 apartment and condo units, and is on track to reach 12.5 million locations by the middle of 2019, the company says.

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As for the 11 new metro areas where AT&T Fiber will be available, they include:
  • Florida: Gainesville and Panama City
  • Georgia: Columbus
  • Kentucky: Central Kentucky
  • Louisiana: Lafayette
  • Mississippi: Biloxi-Gulfport and Northeast Mississippi
  • North Carolina: Wilmington
  • Tennessee: Southeastern Tennessee and Knoxville
  • Texas: Corpus Christi
Working at maximum capacity, a 1Gbps Internet connection would allow you to download a 90-minute high definition movie in less than 34 seconds. It would only take 4 seconds to download a TV show, and a just 1 second to grab 25 songs.

AT&T isn't the only one trying to expand gigabit Internet service to homes. So is Google, and the two sometimes butt heads in the process. AT&T has filed suits against state municipalities in an attempt to prevent them from allowing to access AT&T's utility poles in certain areas. It's even conspired with rival Comcast, another ISP with a vested interest in gigabit Internet, to stifle Google's expansion efforts.