While broadband adoption in the U.S. has been slowing, it may be a sign of a maturing market that AT&T has started deploying its U-verse fiber network in Tennessee, the state with more municipal fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) projects than any other. The telco is investing $400 million to bring U-verse to 56 Tennessee towns over the next two years. Was AT&T avoiding the possibility of competing with those projects until now? Not likely. It is much more likely that Tennessee's approval of statewide video franchising earlier this year had much more to do with the timing. Comcast also is strong in the state, so some intriguing competitive battles may soon be developing.
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