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AT&T Wants to Expand Its “Ultra-Fast” Fiber Network to 100 Markets

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Back in February, Google announced that it would entertain the idea of bringing its ultra-high speed Fiber internet to nine new markets. This morning, AT&T tried to crush that number by announcing that it would look at up to 100 new markets for its “ultra-fast” Fiber network, 21 of which are major metropolitan areas.

Like Google, AT&T isn’t saying that all of these cities and municipalities are guaranteed to get Fiber, but that they will work with local leaders to discuss ways to bring the service to their communities. In other words, there really is no sure thing here, it’s completely up to the local markets to get the ball rolling.

The list of metropolitan areas includes cities like Atlanta, Chicago, San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Miami, along with neighboring municipalities. It’s an expansive list, all of which can be seen below. Keep in mind that AT&T’s GigaPower fiber service is already available in Austin, TX and should be available in Dallas next.

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I know this isn’t exactly Android-related, but we have covered enough of Google Fiber’s rollout that we wanted to keep you up to date on all happenings in fiber internet.

Here are the benefits that AT&T hopes to provide with its GigaPower service:

  • Internet speeds reaching up to 1 Gigabit per second, faster than the fastest consumer Internet available in most communities today. With Gigabit speeds, you can download an HD online movie in less than 36 seconds, download 25 songs in one second, and download your favorite TV show in less than 3 seconds.**
  • Access to cutting-edge TV services that include the most advanced AT&T Total Home DVR with more HD TV streams to record and watch multiple shows simultaneously, plus greater DVR storage capacity.
  • Super-fast Wi-Fi speeds and the ability to schedule DVR recordings and watch hit TV shows on more than 30 varieties of smartphones and tablets, as well as your PC.
  • Faster speeds that enable small businesses to more quickly and seamlessly:
    • Upload, download and share large data files and images
    • Back up data remotely in the cloud at one or multiple locations
    • Videoconference with suppliers, business partners, and customers
Via:  PRNewswire
  • labam88

    I know it will be years before anyone actually builds out something like this here but it’s at least nice to finally see Houston on a list like this.

  • Sporttster

    I’m paying $65/month for 25mbps from Comcash, can’t imagine what the price would be for this speed. Something akin to a mortgage payment….

  • socalrailroader

    Yep, and they’ll still continue to ignore rural America. Out here at our place in Redwood Valley, AT&T just started offering DSL last summer, and the only tier available is 768 Kbps, yep, 768, not even worth the 20 bucks a month they want for it. Thankfully, Comcast does have HSI at our place, we have the Blast Tier (50/10) and get 57/11 Mbps 24×7, with every low latency, and we could get the 105/10 Mbps tier if we wanted to. We’re lucky at my place though, we’re right next to US 101 and the NWP RR, many other places in this area don’t have broadband.

    We recently tried to get a area wide Fiber Network, it would have served the rural counties of Mendocino and Sonoma with a redundant, fast fiber link, the incumbents helped kill it though, they won’t serve us with fiber, but they will sure as heck make sure nobody else does either-

    “The project would have included a stretch of Highway 1 corridor along the North Coast that offered hope to isolated, coastal communities from Bodega Bay to Sea Ranch, and north to Westport in Mendocino County. It also would have included mountainous areas like Cazadero and Occidental, where folks have been scraping together slow, high-cost, spotty Internet access through any means necessary.Rings of fiber optic line looped between the coast and a north-south route along Highway 101 through Petaluma on the south end, Laytonville on the north and Ukiah and Boonville in between, would have ensured connectivity had any portion failed temporarily………..“I call this the great stalemate,” said Drake. “There’s a huge need in Northern California, and we’ve got a program that was designed to take care of the need, and we’ve got incumbent carriers who made this financial decision, for one reason or another, not to serve these rural communities. But at the same time they are the biggest opponents, preventing anyone from doing anything about it.”

    http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article…cles/140309892

    You can bet though that if you can’t get fast, affordable and unlimited broadband, that you will be able to get their metered, less reliable and much more expensive LTE. An article I read the other day said America has moved from a Democracy to an Oligarchy, where the rich rule, and things like this prove that. We are, sadly, at the mercy of these mega corporations, and the current Congress seems intent to keep it that way. So, this is just more fluff from a mega carrier wanting to look good, the reality is they are in it 100% for themselves, not to make America a better place.

  • Kayonesoft

    This is what Techdirt coined as Fiber to the Press Release, in which they announce that they’re bringing fiber to certain markets to get the press and publicity but have no real motivation to follow through. So you can expect this service sometime between far away and never.
    http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140307/04485626475/weve-entered-age-fiber-to-press-release.shtml

  • Ferny

    I know they are running fiber in Alhambra California. At my work they were taking up most of the parking outside and did some demolition to our work place because we have a manhole for atnt. They showed me the fiber cable’s and how they set up the boxes with the service.

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  • Brad Dickmann

    My home town is finally part of something “cool”!

  • htowngtr

    It’s still dry rape if you want internet only. They rip you for a lot of up-front cost despite having contracts and what not.

  • FreedomFromCaps

    As long as there are caps, speed means nothing.

    Here is your Bugatti Veyron fine Sir! But you may only drive it for for 10 miles a month!

    Which means you get to use your car at it’s top speed for 2m18s! Good luck the rest of the month getting home.

    • normmcgarry

      +1 for the Veyron analogy. Perfect.

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    • Paul Hansen

      I have ATT now and speaking from experience, they don’t enforce the cap. They just send you a letter letting you know you’ve been naughty. If you consistently are blowing past it (400gb, 500, etc) they’ll threaten to throttle you. I’ve got several IT friends on it including myself and none of us have ever gotten to that point. It’s basically one of those “we reserve the right to” but never actually do it. Comcast has a soft cap as well but since they don’t enforce it either, no one cares.

      • michael arazan

        I have Uverse with 12 down and 1 up, suppose to be 32 down, but they include your TV boxes using up part of the speeds, which would be nice if they advertised it like that. Pretty hard to break their ceiling, thought it was 350gb, and that was with my brother and I both downloading vids from the net everyday.

      • rawr

        Comcast does not have a softcap in Atlanta. They have a Wireless style overage charge over 350.

  • Mike

    I can tell you that in large areas of Jacksonville AT&T doesn’t even provide UVerse services. Good luck on getting fiber internet services.

  • Denvertoad

    Looking at cities is one thing, however when many cities have exclusivity and franchised provider agreements I’d think AT&T is effectively locked out. My folks live in a retirement community that Verizon purchased a twenty year exclusivity. Much ado about nothing.

    • devman

      If your router supports gigabit Ethernet on the WAN port this shouldn’t be an issue. Your router usually connects to the ONT (optical network terminator) directly in FTTH (fiber-to-the-home) setups. Obviously the rest of your local network (switches, computers, etc) will need to support gigabit Ethernet speeds as well.

  • Willie D

    They have a box in front of my house now my street has more garbage, more human waste and more loiterers hanging around because that box is there. A place to poop and throw garbage and sit on top of. Ugh. Aside from this, AT&T refuses to come clean it even after calling them on it, and their prices sure are high for limited GBs worth of data. They CAN provide unlimited but limit 250GB per account over fiber and cost the same as Comcast who has since gone and removed limits.

  • Disqus_n00b

    This is a bit misleading. If you are going to expand to “Houston” I assume you’re including East Houston, Old Houston, etc etc. That’s 1 market, not 10. This is to boost marketing materials – “We’re in 1000 markets!” meh

  • davidtb

    And…nothing near my area,..of course
    “Internet speeds reaching up to 1 Gigabit per second”. Would someone please translate? (<< I know it's a troll)

  • Blue Sun

    Kellen
    1.) The link to the referenced article appears to be password protected.
    2.) What does the ** reference to in the bullet points near the end of the article?

  • bkosh84

    I would like to point out that Akron is NOT part of Cleveland.. Two separate cities.. Just super close to each other (40 minute drive between each).

    Also, that “List” really doesn’t make sense.. I live in a Eastern ‘Burb of Cleveland and I am a lot closer to the city center than the municipalities listed.. Must be logistics or something.

    • Gibbs

      That’s true that its not part of Cleveland, but it is part of the Greater Cleveland area.

  • KB Smoka

    Funny…….Their “Ultra-Fast” speeds still only allow you 1.5Mbps UP.

    • michael arazan

      1 MB up over hard wire, 3 G speeds are faster than that wirelessly. Pretty sad we live in the most technological advanced country with speeds that rival third world countries, think we are ranked 37 for data speeds in the world.

      • Paul Hansen

        Our biggest problem is that we’re just too physically big. It takes a long time to lay infrastructure here because of our sheer size.

  • Jeremy Martin

    I can make news like this as well that has no real impact or chance of getting off:

    I am going to make a list of all cities I am going to give $1,000,000 to each citizen

    1. Chicago
    2. Miami
    3. Cincinnatti
    4. Cleveland
    5. All cities

    *Must be in the age of Star Trek NG
    **Not guaranteeing some or any will get money

    Companies just like to spout off…I will believe these massive fiber networks when I actually see it being built.

  • http://tommydaniel.com Tommy Thompson

    Yes Houston!

  • jwildman16

    Surprised Denver isn’t on that list.

    • Mark

      Me too…You every try laying Fiber not high? Its boring as s**t

  • Blue Sun

    I wonder when Comcrap & Time Warner will step up to the plate.

    • Scott

      The sooner the better. And I also hope the merger dies.

      • The Narrator

        It probably won’t

      • rawr

        Perhaps if it is successful, ISPs wont be able to keep out Google and other municipality networks.

        Who am I kidding, it has nothing to do with what is right or fair and with who pays their senator more…

    • master94

      Never. This two companies suck

    • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

      Comcast just bumped up their 50Mbps package to 105Mbs, and their 105Mbps package to 150Mbps.

    • michael arazan

      It’s going to take petitioning your local government to install the fiber for all homes and business’. Then they should charge telecom’s to use it by discounting their prices 50% for them to use it, would be a great idea.

  • Aooga

    But how much more expensive is it going to be compared to Google Fiber? Thats the question.

    • master94

      If its like the current markets where gigafiber exist. Same price. $70 but you have to let them see your data

    • Willie D

      For 100mb, it costs $80 and if you want the actual competing speed 1gbps it will cost nearly $150 BEFORE TV package is forced on you.

  • Tony Byatt

    Thank you Google…