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AT&T Adds Jacksonville to List of 1 Gbps 'Gigapower' Cities
by Karl Bode 07:59AM Friday Aug 22 2014
Add Jacksonville to the growing list of AT&T markets where the company will selectively deploy 1 Gbps U-Verse "Gigapower" service. According to the latest AT&T announcement, Jacksonville will join the list of planned AT&T cities, which so far includes Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, Charlotte, Houston, Greensboro, Raleigh-Durham, and Winston-Salem and Miami. As with all the announcements, AT&T says that "specific locations of availability and pricing for the Jacksonville market will be announced at a later date." As noted previously, these deployments will primarily focus on a very select number of high-end development communities, though AT&T's getting ample marketing mileage in their PR battle with Google Fiber.

Update: Cuppertino in Silicon Valley is also being named as a Gigapower market.

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brianiscool

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AT&T

Come to Tampa, Florida and expand around the Brighthouse areas. We
are stuck with only one option in a lot of areas.

woody7
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Torrance, CA

hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

I live in Torrance Ca. And our choices suck as the city is split 1/2 ATT and the Other Fios, with cable Roadrunner........................
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delltechkid

join:2004-11-09
Hermitage, TN

Nashville

Nashville is also in this list.
etaadmin

join:2002-01-17
Dallas, TX
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2 recommendations

We'll be having these att gigapower 'announcements'...

once a month for the next ten years, thus their 100 city PR fiber-to-the-press-release campaign.

In ten years gigapower will only be be available to a handful of wealthy cherry picked at&t customers, cable will be forced to deploy fiber to those gigapower homes, no problem since it will be so few. In at&t's neglected and un-upgraded neighborhoods/markets (+90% of their footprint) DOCSIS3.1 and DOCSIS4.x giga-offerings will be king.

For at&t is all or nothing, cherry picking wealthy neighborhoods will not do the trick, it looks like at&t is desperate to keep customers from fleeing to cable companies. Pay-TV looks like is dying the new Pay-TV is broadband.
ncbill
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Winston Salem, NC

Re: We'll be having these att gigapower 'announcements'...

No kidding.

My city is listed as a 'Gigapower coming soon', but here I can only get 6MBps down DSL.

U-verse is not available yet in any form in my area, even though we are only a few blocks away from the local university.

gigahurtz
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Palm Coast, FL
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Palm Coast, right in between Orlando and Jacksonville. Please come here!

I believe I read somewhere that Palm Coast, FL was included in the Orlando market, but I really hope to see this service in Palm Coast soon!

Our only alternative is Brighthouse Networks. Please come and bring some better competition to our area than your current offering!

weaseled386

join:2008-04-13
Port Orange, FL
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Re: Palm Coast, right in between Orlando and Jacksonville. Please come here!

Volusia and Flagler counties are grouped with AT&T's North Florida (aka Jax) division.

gigahurtz
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Re: Palm Coast, right in between Orlando and Jacksonville. Please come here!

said by weaseled386:

Volusia and Flagler counties are grouped with AT&T's North Florida (aka Jax) division.

Weird, I noticed that when you go here: »www.att.com/att/gigapowercities/

It lists Palm Coast under the Orlando market as a possible city.

journeysquid

join:2014-08-01

Fair is fair

quote:
As noted previously, these deployments will primarily focus on a very select number of high-end development communities, though AT&T's getting ample marketing mileage in their PR battle with Google Fiber.
As noted previously, Google Fiber deployments primarily focus on a very select number of high-end development communities.

fg8578

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Salem, OR

2 recommendations

Re: Fair is fair

said by journeysquid :

As noted previously, Google Fiber deployments primarily focus on a very select number of high-end development communities.

I can't speak to other locations, but in Austin, google is not targeting wealthy areas like West Lake Hills, instead its initial deployment is in South Austin, one of the poorer parts of town.

DataRiker
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said by journeysquid:

quote:
As noted previously, these deployments will primarily focus on a very select number of high-end development communities, though AT&T's getting ample marketing mileage in their PR battle with Google Fiber.
As noted previously, Google Fiber deployments primarily focus on a very select number of high-end development communities.

Google didn't do this in Kansas City either. Not sure where he is getting his info
WhatNow
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Charlotte, NC

Re: Fair is fair

GF was offered to every neighborhood a few of the poorest did not have enough people sign up. I thought I read GF was going back and giving those neighborhoods a second chance.

DataRiker
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Re: Fair is fair

The poorest area that I know of in Kansas City was literally the first area done.

mob
On the next level..
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said by journeysquid:

quote:
As noted previously, these deployments will primarily focus on a very select number of high-end development communities, though AT&T's getting ample marketing mileage in their PR battle with Google Fiber.
As noted previously, Google Fiber deployments primarily focus on a very select number of high-end development communities.

Are you stupid, drunk, high or just a shill? KC is not a high end area, and KCK is a ghetto hell hole.
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ConstantineM

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San Jose, CA

This is great news, Gigabit awareness is finally nationwide.

Say what you want, but I'm very happy about this. Used to live in San Jose with fibre in my bedroom closet (brand new MDU, circa 2010), which AT&T California would only provision to 18/1.5 max; whereas copper customers would be offered 24/3.

Now, in Austin, all of those FTTU apartment homes with fibre strands in bathroom closets are eligible for GigaPower; hopefully, they'll also start provisioning my old place back in San Jose for 100/100, too -- they wouldn't even need to upgrade anything in the last mile!

What's not to like? Would be great if they deploy it everywhere; however, being deployed in "limited" pockets of brand new MDUs and more affluent single-family homes is still better than simply offering T1 speeds over fibre to everyone, regardless whether GigE is possible for basically the same cost. Noone gets GigE, vs. people who want to get it can get it? I must certainly applaud Google for making AT&T take note!
WhatNow
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Charlotte, NC

Re: This is great news, Gigabit awareness is finally nationwide.

They may have to upgrade the electronic equipment on the end of the fiber in the closet to get 1gig.
tmc8080

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Brooklyn, NY
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timeiline?

Verizon had an ambitious 13 state rollout of FIOS initially too.. and look how long that took to figure out that they were not serious about keeping that commitment. Instead, fell far short of their goal while getting rid of footprint and offloading debt to focus on wireless. It looks more like ATT is picking cities rather than making a statewide commitment. Nevertheless, the timeline seems rather slow, if non-existant.. you can bet a whole year goes by and they don't connect one customer in these cities.. they will begin to go it alone with muni fiber... or google..
ConstantineM

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San Jose, CA

Re: timeiline?

said by tmc8080:

you can bet a whole year goes by and they don't connect one customer in these cities

I'm willing to bet they'll have at least one customer in all of these confirmed cities like Cupertino.

AT&T already has FTTU in many brand-new complexes all across the nation; they're being idiot by limiting U-verse Internet to 18/1.5 (I've just checked my old address in SJ, and it's 24Mbps now (finally with at least 3Mbps upload?), which is still slower than 45Mbps they offer over the copper!) on all such complexes outside of Austin and Dallas/Ft.Worth. As Dallas and Ft. Worth shows, they start lighting up at proper speed very quickly.

I'm willing to bet that within a year, all cities on the list, even those that haven't been confirmed yet, will have GigaPower 100/100 and 1000/1000 available. AT&T has finally taken note, and hopefully, will stop wasting their PON infrastructure.
WhatNow
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Charlotte, NC
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Re: timeiline?

There are a lot of new subdivisions built in this century that were FTTH. Fiber in a new community is almost the same price as copper. It gets expensive in any neighborhood where the homes are already in place. All it would take would be to upgrade the electronics.

The company also needs to replace all the FTTC systems placed in new developments from the mid 90s until a few years ago. If they are making announcements now then they should start turning a few on by the end of this year and a lot of them by the end of 2015. I don't see any upgrades for customers on copper.