updated 11:09 am EDT, Tue April 22, 2014
Up to 100 candidate cities planned to receive AT&T U-Verse with GigaPower service
AT&T has outlined a plan to roll out and expand its fiber service to 100 candidate cities and municipalities across the United States. The plans, which includes 21 new metropolitan areas, expands upon the company's existing U-Verse with GigaPower build-out taking place in Austin, Texas, which will see subscribers receiving TV services as well as a fiber connection promising speeds of up to 1 Gigabit per second.
The 21 candidate areas include: 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. Aside from Austin, it has previously revealed it intends to build its fiber network in Dallas, and has entered into "advanced discussions" in the Raleigh-Durham and Winston-Salem communities.
Map of proposed AT&T fiber expansion
While the new list of markets is promising, it is still far from a done deal. AT&T will now "work with local leaders" to discuss the plans, as well as work out issues relating to financing and developing the network, but it did not advise when construction of the fiber network will commence in these areas.
The announcement of AT&T's fiber plans comes two months after Google revealed more areas it was looking to extend Google Fiber to, following its Kansas City, Provo, and Austin roll-outs. AT&T appears to be going after a number of areas Google has already targeted or currently operates in, including the original Kansas City construction, Atlanta, San Jose, Nashville, Charlotte, and San Antonio.