AT&T hatches plans to bring 1 Gig to 4 new cities

AT&T (NYSE: T) is expanding its 1 Gig fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) program with plans to bring the U-verse GigaPower service to four cities.

Following the transition of its Austin, Texas, market to 1 Gbps service, this latest planned rollout will target three cities in Georgia--Atlanta, Decatur and Newnan--and one in Illinois--Chicago.

Being the former BellSouth territory, Atlanta and the surrounding area is one of that region's largest metro areas. AT&T also plans to bring services to nearby Sandy Springs.

Besides hatching plans to roll out the 1 Gbps service, AT&T is expanding its fiber-to-the-node (FTTN)-based U-verse footprint to more areas of Georgia. Today, U-verse is currently available in Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Brunswick, Gainesville and other surrounding communities. Between 2011 through 2013, AT&T invested more than $4.95 billion in its Georgia wireless and wireline networks.

Chicago and Illinois also represent a major area of investment. From 2011 through 2013, the service provider invested more than $2.95 billion in its Illinois wireless and wireline networks.

Similar to its other rollout plans, AT&T gave no details about specific locations or when service would be available other than saying availability and pricing will be announced at a later date.

Outside of Georgia and Illinois, AT&T has committed to building its AT&T GigaPower network in 12 new markets, including Charlotte, Cupertino, Greensboro, Houston, Jacksonville, Miami, Nashville, Overland Park, Kan., Raleigh-Durham, St. Louis, San Antonio and Winston-Salem. What's more, AT&T is exploring expansion to up to 100 candidate cities across 25 markets nationwide.

For more:
- see the Atlanta release
- see the Chicago release
- see the Decatur release
- see the Newman release

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