ATLANTA, Oct. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* confirmed today it will expand its ultra-fast AT&T GigaPower network to the City of Atlanta and the City of Sandy Springs. 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.
In addition to Atlanta and Sandy Springs, AT&T also announced today that it will deploy the AT&T GigaPower network in Decatur and Newnan to meet the growing demand for ultra-fast Internet. 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 AT&T's largest capacity DVR with a one terabyte hard drive.
"As a city that prides itself on creating a favorable environment for investment and innovation, I am happy to see AT&T bringing its ultra-high speed fiber network to the City of Atlanta," said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. "This is a great opportunity for our residents, businesses and visitors, who all stand to benefit from this new service. The City of Atlanta is one of the fastest growing tech hubs in the United States and a hotbed for entrepreneurial activity. U-verse with AT&T GigaPower service will complement this engine of economic growth and help pave the way for future opportunities," stated Reed.
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
"The City of Sandy Springs is leading the way in creating an environment that fosters innovation, and the deployment of ultra-high-speed broadband service will further support innovation in our community, spur our local businesses and result in even greater economic development in our city," said Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul. "We are very pleased to work with AT&T to offer this unprecedented service to our residents and small businesses."
"For more than 134 years, AT&T has been committed to bringing the latest technology to the City of Atlanta and City of Sandy Springs, and our deployment of ultra-fast U-verse with AT&T GigaPower is just the latest example of our determination to connect consumers and businesses to their future," said Beth Shiroishi, president of AT&T Georgia.
Specific locations of availability and pricing 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 Charlotte, Chicago, 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 2 million locations 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 27 major cities across Georgia.
Expand its U-verse footprint to more areas of Georgia. U-verse is currently available in Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Brunswick, Gainesville and surrounding communities.
AT&T invested more than $4.95 billion in its Georgia wireless and wireline networks from 2011 through 2013, and employs more than 21,000 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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