AT&T to launch ultra-fast home Internet service in Milwaukee in 2016

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GREENVILLE, S.C., Dec. 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — AT&T1 announced today it is planning to expand the availability of ultra-fast speeds through AT&T GigaPowerSM to homes, apartments and small businesses in parts of 38 additional metros across the United States, which will total at least 56 metros served, including in the Greenville area.2 With the launch of our ultra-fast Internet service in parts of 2 of these metros today – Los Angeles and West Palm Beach – AT&T GigaPower is now available in 20 of the nation’s largest metro areas. NEW YORK—Would you like to download 25 songs in less than a second, a TV show in three seconds or fewer and a high-definition movie in under 36 seconds?AT&T Inc. says it will begin offering ultra-fast home Internet service, aimed at customers with online demands such as downloading videos and teleconferencing, in the Milwaukee area in 2016. This reflects the ongoing efforts by South Carolina’s state and local leaders to build and maintain a public policy environment that encourages private investment in advanced technology.” “When we talk about making South Carolina’s environment for business development competitive, we’re talking about things like offering the companies we’re recruiting, and those already growing in our state, the latest and most innovative technology infrastructure,” said Gov. Nearly two years ago, the first AT&T GigaPower service in a metro area was launched in Austin, Texas, and AT&T recently marked a milestone of deploying the GigaPower network to more than 1 million locations.

The GigaPower service will give customers a 1-gigabit per second broadband connection, which is about 50 times faster than what many people have at home. Nikki Haley. “That’s why AT&T’s announcement that it plans to deploy gigabit speed Internet service across South Carolina is terrific news for our employers, employees, students and families.” “One of the keys to Greenville becoming the most beautiful and livable city in America is sustainable economic development to attract new jobs in environmentally-sound industries,” said Greenville Mayor Knox White. “High-speed broadband not only connects people and opportunities, but it is the foundation for precisely the kinds of clean, high-skilled, 21st Century jobs we want our city to be known for. Milwaukee will be AT&T’s first GigaPower city in Wisconsin, although the company currently offers gigabit speeds to large businesses, office buildings and business parks in the metro area.

The service competes with Google Fiber, and AT&T has made a habit of charging less money for GigaPower in cities where both are available to consumers, like Kansas City and Austin — and more in areas where they’re not. Google Fiber currently operates in Kansas City, Austin, and Provo, Utah, with markets such as San Antonio, Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville, Salt Lake City and Raleigh-Durham on Google’s roadmap.

Both companies have a growing list of cities where fiber connectivity is planned, but customers in most of those cities will still be waiting awhile before the super-fast, 1-gigabit-per-second internet data speeds are actually made available. People who work from home and have to move large amounts of data could benefit from the high-speed service, as could someone who plays a lot of video games or downloads movies. AT&T hasn’t spelled out how GigaPower will be priced in its own new markets just yet, which includes Detroit, Indianapolis, Memphis, Oklahoma City, St. Physicians could view X-rays and other medical images from their home computers with no delays, and telecommuters could video-conference from home without buffering or glitches.

Brad Bentley, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for AT&T Entertainment Group, says that rates will differ by market. “We need to be competitive and drive share,” he says. AT&T’s strategy has been to introduce GigaPower in metropolitan areas first, although many other communities also have a fiber network suitable for gigabit speeds. “Today, our fiber generally gets to within 3,500 feet of most customers’ homes or businesses.

The Consumerist blog says that AT&T tends to charge up to $40 more per month in markets where it’s not competing with Google Fiber; the typical monthly range is $70 to $110. This (GigaPower) will extend the fiber from that point to the home or business,” VanderSanden said. “Our deployment decisions involve several factors, such as assessing technical network issues, listening to all communities, and learning the amount of consumer demand,” the company said. “We will follow the demand for high Internet speeds and determine where there are solid investment cases and receptive policies.” Middleton, Waunakee, Verona, Black Earth and Cross Plains were scheduled to become gigabit towns in late 2014. What’s more, under some plans, AT&T offers price breaks to consumers who are willing to share their online behavior with advertisers, a practice that is likely to continue.

Sparsely populated Madeline Island, in Lake Superior, has the service, along with some nearby mainland communities also served by Norvado Wireless, based in Cable. As a practical matter, not everyone will experience the ultra-fast speeds being promised by AT&T, especially since so many people rely on and are limited by Wi-Fi.

Many of the smaller communities benefit from a cooperative-like network, formed years ago, where broadband providers tap into a fiber pipeline from Minneapolis and Chicago. “This type of service, and this kind of speed, are increasingly expectations that people have. It’s really a must-have if we are going to continue to attract and retain the talent that we need in the region,” said Julie Granger, vice president of communications for the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce. “High-speed Internet connections are improving virtually every aspect of our lives – from education to health care, to employment opportunities to public safety,” Mayor Tom Barrett said in a statement. Customers on the AT&T GigaPower network in markets eligible for AT&T U-verse TV service can watch and record up to 6 HD programs at the same time, and will be able to record and store more of your favorite shows – up to 900 hours of SD or 330 hours of HD programming.

AT&T invested more than $875 million in South Carolina’s wireline and wireless networks from 2012 through 2014 to provide South Carolina consumers, schools and businesses a complete package of Internet, TV and voice services wrapped in an industry-leading customer experience. 3 Internet speed claims represent maximum network service capability speeds. Actual speeds vary based on factors including site traffic, content provider server capacity, internal network management factors, customer device capabilities and use of other U-verse services.

Follow our news on Twitter at @ATT, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/att and YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/att. © 2015 AT&T Intellectual Property. Signal strength claim based ONLY on avg. 4G LTE signal strength. 4G LTE not available everywhere. *Global coverage claim based on offering discounted voice and data roaming; LTE roaming; voice roaming; and world-capable smartphone and tablets in more countries than any other U.S. based carrier.

Information set forth in this news release contains financial estimates and other forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/att-plans-to-launch-blazing-fast-gigabit-internet-speeds-in-greenville-area-300189249.html

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