AT&T brings 1 Gbps FTTH service to Jacksonville, Fla., sets focus on broader state expansion

AT&T (NYSE: T) is now offering its 1 Gbps service U-Verse with GigaPower in Jacksonville, Fla., as part of a broader effort to wire the state with its FTTH services.

The service provider will focus on serving a mix of single-family and multi-dwelling units throughout the city.

Among the many multi-family properties and apartment complexes in the Jacksonville area that will served by this new rollout are Frassati Hall, Galleria at Cabana Club, Plummer's Creek, SpyGlass and others. 

Eligible customers in these markets will be able to access three new bundle packages that offer a mix of 1 Gbps or 300 Mbps with television and telephone services.

U-verse High Speed Internet Premier offers Internet speeds up to 1 Gbps starting at $110 a month, or speeds at 300 Mbps at $80 a month, while the U-verse High Speed Internet Premier + TV delivers Internet speeds up to 1 Gbps and qualifying TV service starting at $150 a month, or speeds at 300 Mbps and qualifying TV service at $120 a month.

Finally, U-verse High Speed Internet Premier + TV + Voice offers consumers Internet speeds up to 1 Gbps with qualifying TV service and Unlimited U-verse Voice starting at $180 a month, or speeds at 300 Mbps with qualifying TV service and Unlimited U-verse Voice at $150 a month.

U-Verse High Speed Internet Premier and U-verse High Speed Internet Premier + TV offer a one-year price guarantee, while the U-verse High Speed Internet Premier + TV + Voice offers a two year price guarantee.

But Jacksonville is only one part of a broader set of FTTH rollout aspirations AT&T has for Florida.

AT&T said that it plans to make the service available in parts of St. Augustine in the first half of 2016. However, it has not revealed what parts of that city would be the first to get the 1 Gbps service.

Earlier this year, the service provider announced that the Miami area and Orlando—two markets where it will do battle with Comcast's new 2 Gbps offering--will get the 1 Gbps service.

Overall, U-verse with AT&T GigaPower is available in 18 metro markets today, and AT&T has announced plans to offer service in parts of the St. Louis metro market.

In order to meet its goals to bring FTTH service to an additional 11.7 million locations, one of the agreements it made with the FCC to get approval of its DirecTV acquisition, AT&T plans to extend fiber from existing builds. This includes its fiber-to-the-node (FTTN) network that reaches over 57 million U.S. locations.

 For more:
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