AT&T looks to hook up Fort Worth and area cities with fast fiber network April 21, 2014
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(CNN) -- AT&T has announced a plan that could see high-speed fiber Internet networks rolled out in as many as 100 cities in 21 metro regions throughout the United States.
It's a move that puts the telecommunications company in a head-to-head battle with Google, which has begun its own charge to dramatically Increase internet speeds in various cities.
The network, called AT&T U-verse With GigaPower, is able to deliver broadband at up to 1 gigabit per second. That's roughly 100 times faster than current speeds in many parts of the nation.
The company plans to enter discussions with local leaders in areas it has identified as having suitable existing networks and likely high demand for the service.
"This initiative continues AT&T's ongoing commitment to economic development in these communities, bringing jobs, advanced technologies and infrastructure," the company said in a news release.
The metropolitan areas being considered are: Atlanta; Augusta, Georgia; Charlotte, North Carolina; Chicago; Cleveland; Fort Worth, Texas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Greensboro, North Carolina; Houston; Jacksonville, Florida; Kansas City, Kansas; Los Angeles; Miami; Nashville; Oakland, California; Orlando, Florida; San Antonio, Texas; San Diego; St. Louis; San Francisco, and San Jose.
AT&T had already announced plans to install the high-speed network in Austin and Dallas, Texas, and says it is in "advanced discussions" with Raleigh-Durham and Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
It's worth emphasizing that none of this is a guarantee yet. More likely, it's AT&T publicly pointing out locations it thinks are good candidates for network upgrades.
Google, meanwhile, first launched Google Fiber in 2012. That service also promises speeds of 1 gigabit per second, which the company says could allow someone at full capacity to download an entire feature-length movie in 38 seconds.
Google has already brought the service to Kansas City, Kansas; Austin, Texas; and Provo, Utah. Google connects fiberoptic cables directly to a home or office in order to give users broadband Internet and television service.
In Kansas City and Provo, Google's ultra-fast Internet service costs $70 a month for Internet, or $120 if you add streaming video.
In February, Google said it's exploring plans to lay down the special cables in nine more metro areas: Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville, Phoenix, Portland, Raleigh-Durham,
Fort Worth and several area cities are among the 100 cities where AT&T plans to expand its GigaPower ultra-fast fiber network.
AT&T announced plans to begin talks with municipalities in at least 21 new major metropolitan areas to bring AT&T U-verse with GigaPower, a fiber network that will deliver broadband speeds up to 1 Gigabit per second and U-verse TV. AT&T is already selling the service in and around Austin and recently announced plans to bring the service to Dallas.
Along with Fort Worth, AT&T plans to expand into Arlington, Euless, Grand Prairie and Haltom City.
The planned expanded availability of U-verse with GigaPower is part of AT&T’s Project Velocity IP (VIP) investment plan to expand and enhance the company’s wireless and wireline IP broadband networks to support high-speed Internet access, advanced TV services, and new mobile and cloud services. This expanded fiber build is not expected to impact AT&T’s capital investment plans for 2014, according to Dallas-based AT&T.
The list of 21 candidate metropolitan areas announced by AT&T includes: Atlanta, Augusta, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale, Greensboro, Houston, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, Oakland, Orlando, San Antonio, San Diego, St. Louis, San Francisco, and San Jose. With previously announced markets, AT&T now has committed to or is exploring a total of 25 metro areas for fiber deployment for both consumers and businesses.