AT&T launches 1 Gbps FTTH service in Texas, Central Florida

AT&T (NYSE: T) is continuing with its 1 Gbps FTTH service expansion drive, announcing that it is lighting service in two more Texas cities this week -- San Antonio and neighboring New Braunfels -- and in Orlando, Fla.

Similar to other builds it completed in large markets, the service provider will also extend service to neighboring communities in each of its three new targets.

Within parts of the San Antonio market, the service provider is bringing service to parts of Cibolo, Leon Valley, Live Oak, Medina, Schertz, Selma, and greater Bexar County, as well as New Braunfels.

In Orlando, AT&T will deliver service to other parts of Orange County, Fla., and other communities.

Eligible customers in these markets will be able to access three new and 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.

What's interesting about AT&T's 1 Gbps build is its approach. Since launching U-verse with AT&T GigaPower service, it is now available in 17 metros with plans to offer service in parts of the Jacksonville and St. Louis metro areas.

The service provider plans to meet its ambitious goal to bring its 1 Gbps FTTH service to an additional 11.7 million locations by extending fiber from its existing fiber-to-the-node (FTTN) network that it built out to deliver IP broadband service already to 57 million U.S. locations.

Its 11.7 million FTTP buildout goal is more than the initial plan it revealed last June to upgrade 2 million homes to the fiber-based Gigapower broadband service, while expanding overall broadband coverage overall to 13 million locations.

For more:
- see the San Antonio release
- see the Orlando release
- see the New Braunfels release

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