AT&T Confirms Plans to Deliver U-verse® with AT&T GigaPower℠ in Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 30, 2014 — AT&T* today confirmed it will expand its ultra-fast AT&T GigaPower network to the City of Charlotte. The all-fiber network will provide services featuring symmetrical upload and download broadband speeds up to 1 Gigabit per second, and AT&T’s most advanced TV services to consumers and businesses.
AT&T is deploying additional fiber and electronics to the existing network in Charlotte to meet the growing demand for ultra-fast broadband. The network enhancements will enable customers to have access to AT&T’s fastest Internet speeds available to consumers.**
Local residents and small business customers on the AT&T GigaPower network will also experience cutting-edge TV services with the ability to watch and record five simultaneous HD streams, and its largest capacity DVR at one terabyte of storage.
How fast is 1 Gigabit?***
Download 25 songs in one second
Download your favorite TV show in less than 3 seconds
Download an HD online movie in less than 36 seconds
“We are very pleased AT&T will be deploying its ultra-high speed fiber network here in Charlotte,” said Mayor Dan Clodfelter. “AT&T’s networks helped us become a hub for international business and banking. This new network will move us to the next level in building a vibrant, world-class and globally-connected city. We look forward to working with AT&T as they bring this exciting new service to our community.”
“This announcement by AT&T is excellent news for Charlotte,” said Michael D. Barnes, Mayor Pro Tem. “The advanced capabilities this network will deliver will positively impact all sectors of our community, encouraging innovation and job creation by entrepreneurs, while enabling teachers to access additional resources and utilize new techniques to improve K-12 education. As a City, we are committed to working with all companies who want to invest in deploying advanced infrastructure to serve our residents and businesses.”
“For well over a century AT&T has been committed to bringing the latest, most advanced technology to our Charlotte customers and today’s announcement is the latest step in fulfilling that commitment,” said Venessa Harrison, President of AT&T North Carolina. “Smart public policy decisions, such as adopting competitively neutral local ordinances and modernizing state regulatory statutes, play a key role in driving investment. Today’s announcement reflects the wisdom of the forward-looking leadership of Mayor Clodfelter and other state and local leaders who have worked diligently for many years to create a public policy climate that encourages investment in advanced technology in Charlotte and in North Carolina."
“In today’s business climate, and especially in the global marketplace of the future, advanced, high-speed communications technology is vital for business success,” said Bob Morgan, President of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce. “The Chamber applauds Charlotte’s leaders for remembering the connection between public policies that welcome investment and a great economy. When government and private industry work cooperatively, our community wins.”
Specific locations of availability and pricing for the Charlotte market will be announced at a later date.
On April 21, 2014, AT&T announced a major initiative to expand its ultra-fast AT&T GigaPower fiber network to up to 100 candidate cities and municipalities across 25 markets nationwide. As part of that announcement, AT&T said it is also considering other North Carolina areas – Apex, Garner, Gastonia, Greensboro, Huntersville, and Morrisville as candidate municipalities for the service.
AT&T launched the U-verse with AT&T GigaPower network to thousands of households in Austin, Texas, and surrounding communities in December 2013 and in January announced it will expand the fiber network to double the households in the Austin area this year as a result of high demand that has exceeded expectations. AT&T will expand the all-fiber AT&T GigaPower network to Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas this summer. Plans have also been announced to deliver the AT&T GigaPower network to Nashville, Raleigh-Durham, San Antonio, and Winston-Salem.
Additionally, AT&T has committed that when its proposed acquisition of DIRECTV is complete, the company will expand the AT&T GigaPower network to an additional 2 million customer locations. All of these 2 million locations are over and above what the company has announced previously.
Other AT&T initiatives in 2014 include:
- Enhance and expand its 4G LTE wireless network, the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network.**** AT&T 4G LTE wireless service is available in 24 cities across North Carolina.
- Expand its U-verse footprint to more areas of North Carolina. U-verse is currently available in communities in North Carolina including Asheville, Carrboro, Cary, Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh, Winston-Salem, and surrounding areas.
The company invested more than $1.6 billion in its North Carolina wireless and wireline networks between 2011 and 2013.
AT&T has served the state of North Carolina for 133 years and employs more than 6,800 people across the state.
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** Initial availability limited to select areas. Expanding availability in 2014 and beyond.
*** Speed/time estimates are examples. Internet speed claims represent maximum network service capability speeds. Actual customer speeds may vary and are not guaranteed. Actual speeds vary based on factors including site traffic, content provider server capacity, internal network factors and customer device capabilities, and use of other U-verse services.
**** Reliability claim based on third party data regarding nationwide carriers’ 4G LTE. LTE is a trademark of ETSI.
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