OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Aug. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* today confirmed it will expand its ultra-fast AT&T GigaPower network to the City of Overland Park. 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 Overland Park 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
"Overland Park is proud to be the first city in Kansas and the metropolitan Kansas City area to have the AT&T GigaPower network," said Mayor Carl Gerlach. "The deployment of ultra-high-speed broadband service will support innovation, our businesses, and our residents and will eventually further economic development in our community."
"The memorandum of understanding between AT&T and the city demonstrates our commitment to allow for fair and equitable competition that benefits consumers," Gerlach said. "We look forward to working with AT&T as it brings this network to our residents," Gerlach said.
"AT&T has been meeting the needs of residents and businesses in the Overland Park area for more than a century. Deployment of this ultra-fast broadband service is just the latest step in delivering the newest technology to the community," said Mike Scott, vice president-external affairs for AT&T Kansas. "I want to thank Mayor Gerlach, the City Council, Governor Brownback and the members of the Kansas Legislature who have worked so diligently to craft policies that support investment and spur job creation. Smart public policy decisions in Overland Park and in Kansas, such as enacting competitively neutral ordinances at the local level and modernizing regulatory statutes at the state level, play a key role in driving investments like the AT&T GigaPower network."
Specific locations of availability and pricing for the Overland Park 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 Kansas City areas – Independence, Kansas City, Leawood, and Shawnee 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 this summer. Plans have also been announced to deliver the AT&T GigaPower network to Charlotte, Nashville, Raleigh-Durham, San Antonio, and Winston-Salem.
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 75 cities across Kansas.
- Expand its U-verse footprint to more areas of Kansas. U-verse is currently available in Hutchinson, Kansas City, Lawrence, Manhattan, Topeka, Wichita, areas and surrounding communities.
AT&T invested more than $825 million in its Kansas wireless and wireline networks from 2010 through 2013.
AT&T has served the state of Kansas for nearly 135 years and employs more than 1,600 people in the state.
For more information, visit att.com/gigapowercities
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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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