Thursday, April 10, 2014

AT&T Plans 1G Fiber Broadband in North Carolina

AT&T is in advanced discussions with the North Carolina Next Generation Network (NCNGN) about the possibility of rolling out fiber-based AT&T U-verse with GigaPower broadband service to parts of the Triangle and Piedmont Triad regions. The 100% fiber network deployment would deliver speeds up to 1 Gbps.  NCNGN is a regional initiative focused on stimulating the deployment of next generation networks to North Carolina.

The proposed plan outlines potential fiber deployments in the areas of Carrboro, Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham, Raleigh and Winston-Salem where there is demand for ultra-fast broadband and local policies that support broadband network investment. The next step is for the governing bodies of these six NCNGN member communities to ratify the agreement.

The plan includes options for public Wi-Fi hotspots, free AT&T U-verse with GigaPower at up to 100 public sites and an all-fiber network connected to up to 100 business buildings. It also outlines a free 3 Mbps AT&T U-verse High Speed Internet offer available to 10 affordable housing complexes, up to 3,000 homes. These hotspots, public sites, buildings and apartment complexes will be across the six communities and identified by NCNGN. The plan would also bring AT&T U-verse to the residents and businesses of Durham for the first time.

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