AT&T plans massive fibre expansion
Michelle Clancy | 22-04-2014
AT&T has announced that it's planning a major expansion of its fibre footprint, bringing U-verse IPTV and over-the-top (OTT)-friendly broadband speeds of up to 1Gbps.

The roll-out will affect nearly 100 candidate cities and municipalities throughout the US, including 21 new major metropolitan areas.

AT&T said that it will work with local leaders in these markets to discuss ways to bring the service to their communities. Similar to previously announced metro area selections in Austin and Dallas and advanced discussions in Raleigh-Durham and Winston-Salem, communities that have suitable network facilities, and show the strongest investment cases based on anticipated demand and the most receptive policies will influence these future selections and coverage maps within selected areas. This initiative continues AT&T's ongoing commitment to economic development in these communities, bringing jobs, advanced technologies and infrastructure.

The list of 21 candidate metropolitan areas 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 25 metro areas for fibre deployment.

"We're delivering advanced services that offer consumers and small businesses the ability to do more, faster, help communities create a new wave of innovation, and encourage economic development," said Lori Lee, senior executive vice president, AT&T Home Solutions. "We're interested in working with communities that appreciate the value of the most advanced technologies and are willing to encourage investment by offering solid investment cases and policies."