CHICAGO, Oct. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* today confirmed it will expand its ultra-fast AT&T GigaPower network to the City of Chicago. The all-fiber network will deliver Internet speeds up to 1 gigabit per second, and AT&T's most advanced TV services to consumers and small businesses.
AT&T is deploying the AT&T GigaPower network in Chicago to meet the growing demand for ultra-fast broadband. The network enhancements will enable residential and small business customers to have access to the fastest Internet speeds available from AT&T.**
Local residents and small businesses 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 with 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 working to make Chicago the most wired city in the world, and it is great news that AT&T is bringing its ultra-high speed fiber network to Chicago," said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. "This important digital infrastructure investment will bring opportunity for Chicago residents, businesses and visitors, who all stand to benefit from this new service."
"We're proud to make a commitment to deliver ultra-fast Internet to local consumers and employers in the City of Chicago," said AT&T Illinois President Paul La Schiazza. "As we roll out these ultra-fast speeds, the AT&T GigaPower network will help encourage economic development in the area by facilitating a new wave of innovation through enhanced opportunities for education, health, research, and small business growth."
Specific locations of availability and pricing for the Chicago 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 throughout 25 markets nationwide. To date, U-verse with AT&T GigaPower has launched to tens of thousands of customer locations across the Austin, Dallas and Fort Worth markets. The AT&T GigaPower network will also be delivered to the Atlanta, Charlotte, Cupertino, Greensboro, Houston, Jacksonville, Fla., Miami, Nashville, Overland Park, Kan., Raleigh-Durham, San Antonio, St. Louis and Winston-Salem markets.
Additionally, AT&T has committed that upon approval of its proposed acquisition of DIRECTV, 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 announced in April.
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 15 major cities across Illinois.
Expand its U-verse footprint to more areas of Illinois. U-verse is currently available in Champaign, Chicago, Naperville, Danville, Decatur, Springfield and surrounding communities.
AT&T invested more than $2.95 billion in its Illinois wireless and wireline networks from 2011 through 2013, and employs more than 14,000 people in the state.
* AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc. ** Initial availability limited to select areas. *** 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 management factors, customer device capabilities and use of other U-verse services. For more information, go to www.att.com/speed101 **** Reliability claim based on third party data regarding nationwide carriers' 4G LTE. LTE is a trademark of ETSI.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company and one of the most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and internationally. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's most reliable 4G LTE network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile Internet, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV service with the AT&T U-verse® brand. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world.
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