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AT&T To Bring 1 Gbps 'GigaPower' To Dallas
by Karl Bode 04:11PM Thursday Mar 06 2014
Speaking at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference today, AT&T CEO Randal Stephenson stated that the company will be launching their 1 Gbps "Gigapower" U-Verse tier somewhere in the Dallas area starting this summer. AT&T's Gigapower service currently only exists in select portions of Austin, providing users with speeds of 300 Mbps. It will be bumped to 1 Gbps in that region sometime later this year.

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"We are redirecting VIP investment to fiber to the home deployment, and in fact we are going to launch the service in Dallas this summer," stated Stephenson.

"...You are going to see other communities as we begin to deploy this technology emerge around the United States," said the CEO, adding that the company was going to be a "little more aggressive and assertive in deploying that technology around the country."

The Austin launch was a direct response to Google Fiber's arrival in the Austin area. Whereas Google charges $70 for symmetrical 1 Gbps, AT&T is charging users $100 a month for symmetrical 1 Gbps speeds (when they arrive), unless users are willing to have their online behavior tracked and monetized, in which case they'll pay $70 (plus install fees and an ETF).

Before AT&T customers get too excited, AT&T hasn't once released any meaningful statistics on exactly how many customers they intend to reach with this significantly-faster service. AT&T primarily appears to be taking their existing fiber to the home deployments -- which they've always historically offered in select upscale housing developments but capped at slower DSL speeds -- and has started bumping those limited users to faster speeds.

As such this is more of a PR response to Google Fiber in their home state than a significant deployment, as AT&T continues to promise investors that any money spent on GigaPower will not meaningfully impact CAPEX or spending (read: it's mostly already installed at said developments and requires little effort to enable). Stephenson stated that more detail would be made available on the Dallas deployment sometime later this year.


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Karl Bode
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Re: Good grief

said by Merlin:

said by Karl Bode:

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AT&T was already planning a fiber build out in Austin a long time before the Google announcement
Nonsense.

You can't make that statement as a fact and you know it. That is your opinion and backed up by nothing more.

As someone who has written about AT&T for most of his adult life as a career I say again: total nonsense.

The burden of proof is on AT&T in claiming they were planning to offer 1 Gbps fiber to the home all along.

I don't know anybody who actually knows AT&T's business practices who would believe that. They might have been CONSIDERING bumping speeds on FTTH deployment areas to 100 Mbps or something, but to claim they were planning 1 Gbps fiber all along (and that the Google Fiber announcement was a coincidence) is just total and absolute nonsense.

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AT&T is the company that wouldn't even do FTTH in areas with intense cable competition.

Yet with no high speed competition they were going to jump to FTTH in Texas for the heck of it?

I am skeptical as well.



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quote:
AT&T was already planning a fiber build out in Austin a long time before the Google announcement
Nonsense.


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It's great you give your employer free publicity!



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said by Merlin:

There has never been a press release from AT&T that didn't get slammed by this site. AT&T was already planning a fiber build out in Austin a long time before the Google announcement or else they would not have been able to beat them to the market by 6 or more months. Google also does the same deep packet inspection on their customer accounts to get the $70 price point they offer. AT&T is getting crucified for offer the customer a choice of whether or not they want to agree to that in order to get the cheaper rate.

It's because AT&T is making it look like they're doing something extra when they're really not. Take this example... all they are doing is diverting VIP funds so a select few can enjoy 1 gbps. AT&T will then parade to the press that they have 1 gig fiber while the funds they diverted will leave many like myself with DSL while they steadily increase prices on outdated DSL. Yeah that's right... $54 for 6 meg DSL!

Any questions?


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You must work for T


Merlin

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There has never been a press release from AT&T that didn't get slammed by this site. AT&T was already planning a fiber build out in Austin a long time before the Google announcement or else they would not have been able to beat them to the market by 6 or more months. Google also does the same deep packet inspection on their customer accounts to get the $70 price point they offer. AT&T is getting crucified for offer the customer a choice of whether or not they want to agree to that in order to get the cheaper rate.

And speaking of not releasing subscribers, Google has been in Kansas City for years now and will not release the number of customers they have. How about an article slamming them for a change?