AT&T announced today that it plans to roll out the first all fiber 1 Gb broadband network in Austin, Texas. Austin has become a city with a huge number of high-technology companies including a manufacturing plant used by Samsung to build chips for smartphones. AT&T plans to begin delivering AT&T U-verse with GigaPower(SM), the city’s fastest Internet available to consumers, along with more advanced TV services and features, in December.
AT&T’s U-verse with GigaPowerSM service will initially reach tens of thousands of customer locations throughout Austin and the surrounding areas this year, with additional local expansion planned in 2014 to reach even more neighborhoods and businesses.
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“Austin embodies innovation and social consciousness, and is the heart of a vibrant, ever-evolving tech culture and entrepreneurial spirit. With our all-fiber U-verse services, we are building the foundation for a new wave of innovation for Austin’s consumers, businesses, and civic and educational institutions. It’s about engaging the full community and empowering the city and its people with all that technology can offer us. This investment will help attract new business and new jobs to Austin,” said Dave Nichols, President – AT&T Texas.
AT&T is allowing consumers and business owners in the Austin area to vote to identify areas with high customer demand. AT&T says that this voting will influence which neighborhoods it expands the service to in the future. People living in Austin can vote here to help determine which neighborhoods get the service first.
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