Us too – AT&T announces fiber plans
In February, Google caused a stir in Atlanta by announcing it is considering expanding its fiber optics service to cities in the metro area.
AT&T says it plans to offer a fiber optics service, too.
On April 21 the company announced plans to expand its “ultra-fast fiber network” to 100 cities nationwide. And wouldn’t you know it? Some of the same cities Google is talking to are the same ones on AT&T’s list.
The cities in the Atlanta area include Alpharetta, Atlanta, Decatur, Duluth, Lawrenceville, Lithonia, McDonough, Marietta, Newnan, Norcross, and Woodstock.
According to the company’s press release, “The fiber network will deliver AT&T U-verse® with GigaPowerSM service, which can deliver broadband speeds up to 1 Gigabit per second and AT&T’s most advanced TV services, to consumers and businesses.”
The company’s press release says AT&T will begin working with interested cities in a way that’s similar to Google’s efforts to explore whether Atlanta is a viable option for its fiber service.
“AT&T will work with local leaders in these markets to discuss ways to bring the service to their communities,” the company said in its press release. “Similar to previously announced metro area selections in Austin and Dallas and advanced discussions in Raleigh-Durham and Winston-Salem, communities that have suitable network facilities, and show the strongest investment cases based on anticipated demand and the most receptive policies will influence these future selections and coverage maps within selected areas. This initiative continues AT&T’s ongoing commitment to economic development in these communities, bringing jobs, advanced technologies and infrastructure.”