CHICAGO, June 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, AT&T* is fulfilling a commitment it announced in May to bring U-verse® with AT&T GigaPowerSM to residential and small business locations in parts of the City of Chicago this summer.** Also in May, U-verse with AT&T GigaPower launched in parts of Elgin, Oswego, Plainfield, Skokie, Yorkville and surrounding communities.
Customers in the City of Chicago now have a new choice for ultra-fast Internet access from AT&T – delivering the speed customers need to power all of their devices and connect them to the content that matters most – on Chicago's first residential network to feature speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second.***
"This announcement marks progress as we work to make Chicago the most connected city in the world," said Mayor Emanuel. "Today's announcement that AT&T is offering residential and small business customers superfast Internet speeds with its new fiber network will bring private investment, create jobs and help modernize Chicago neighborhoods. This is great news for Chicago."
Ultra-fast Internet speeds up to 1 gigabit per second can improve the customer experience for consumers and small businesses using the network to connect to the cloud, videoconferencing, online gaming or for other services. Customers can download 25 songs in less than a second or their favorite HD movie in less than 36 seconds.****
U-verse with AT&T GigaPower customers also get high-speed Internet with 99.9 percent reliability and the fastest, most powerful Wi-Fi signal through an upgraded residential gateway that takes advantage of the latest in Wi-Fi technology. The new gateway connects more devices over Wi-Fi with faster speeds from nearly anywhere in the home or business.
Customers who subscribe to U-verse with AT&T GigaPower will continue to have access to award-winning U-verse TV and Voice services. For example, they can watch and record up to five HD programs at the same time. AT&T GigaPower subscribers will also be able to record and store more of their favorite shows--up to 900 hours of SD or 330 hours of HD programming. Customers can access the AT&T U-verse App on more than 30 smartphones and tablets to watch more than 240 live TV channels in their home, and more than 200 live TV channels while on the go -- that's more than twice as many live TV channels on the go than cable. Customers can also stream video on demand, schedule DVR recordings, and access other features from the U-verse app.
Consumers in eligible areas can choose from a variety of plans. AT&T offers single, double and triple play bundles, so customers can select a combination of services to fit their needs. The packages below include waivers of equipment, installation and activation fees.
- U-verse High Speed Internet Premier: Internet speeds up to 1Gbps starting as low as $120 a month, or speeds at 100Mbps as low as $90 a month, with a one year price guarantee.*****
- U-verse High Speed Internet Premier + TV: Internet speeds up to 1Gbps and qualifying TV service starting as low as $150 a month, or speeds at 100Mbps and qualifying TV service as low as $120 a month, with a one year price guarantee.
- U-verse High Speed Internet Premier + TV + Voice: Internet speeds up to 1Gbps with qualifying TV service and Unlimited U-verse Voice starting as low as $180 a month, or speeds at 100Mbps with qualifying TV service and Unlimited U-verse Voice as low as $150 a month, with a two year price guarantee.
"We're excited to deliver our ultrafast Internet service to residents and small businesses in Chicago," said Paul La Schiazza, AT&T Illinois President. "AT&T continues to deliver the new technology that customers want today, and we're moving quickly to educate potential customers in Chicago about the capabilities of AT&T's high-speed Internet and best-in-class television services."
Consumers and small businesses interested in learning more about the service and availability, can stop by the AT&T Michigan Ave Flagship Store (600 N Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611) on Saturday, July 18 from 12 to 4 pm. Attendees will have a chance to win a Chicago Blackhawks or Chicago Bulls "speed-painting" that is crafted right before their eyes, take home a customized screen printed t-shirt with a Blackhawks or Bulls design or win items autographed by local sports-stars. U-verse and AT&T GigaPower representatives will also be on site to answer questions or provide additional information.
The success of the first AT&T GigaPower market in Austin led to a major expansion beginning in 2014. AT&T plans to expand its 100 percent fiber network in up to 25 markets. U-verse with AT&T GigaPower has officially launched in parts of the Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Chicago, Cupertino, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Kansas City, Nashville, Raleigh-Durham and Winston-Salem markets. Plans have also been announced to launch AT&T GigaPower in parts of the Greensboro, Jacksonville, Miami, St. Louis and San Antonio 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 2014.
Frost & Sullivan recently recognized AT&T for its leadership in high-speed Internet services, awarding the company the 2015 North American Competitive Strategy and Innovation Leadership of the Year Award for Broadband. The analyst firm praised AT&T for its "aggressive pursuit of higher bandwidth access" for customers through its AT&T GigaPower network initiative.
For more information on U-verse with AT&T GigaPower, or to check availability, please visit att.com/gigapower.
* 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. May not be available in your area.
*** 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. Max speeds may not be realized if 2 or more HD shows viewed at same time. For more info, go to www.att.com/speed101
**** Speed/time examples are estimates.
***** U-verse with AT&T GigaPower Premier offer is available with agreement from customer to participate in AT&T Internet Preferences. Other equipment fees may apply. AT&T may use Web browsing information, like the search terms entered and the Web pages visited, to provide customers with relevant offers and ads tailored to their interests.
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Reliability and signal strength claims based on nationwide carriers' LTE. Signal strength claim based ONLY on avg. LTE signal strength. LTE not available everywhere.
*Global coverage claim based on offering voice and data roaming in more countries than any other U.S. based carrier, and offering the most wireless smartphones and tablets that work in the most countries.