AT&T is giving Google some competition for high-speed Internet in Kansas City.
AT&T announced today it would expand its U-verse GigaPower network to deliver data speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second to customers in 21 cities, including Kansas City, Kan. Google introduced Internet speeds of up to 1 gigabit last year in Kansas City.
Kansas City, Kan., Leawood, Overland Park, Shawnee, and Independence, Mo., are included in the metropolitan area cities to be served here by AT&T’s ultra-high-speed fiber network.
AT&T also is taking its new ultra-high-speed service into the city where Google is headquartered, Mountain View, Calif. It is one of the 21 metro areas nationwide that will receive AT&T’s new GigaPower network.
AT&T already offers the service in Austin. Besides Kansas City, AT&T will offer this ultra-high-speed service in Atlanta, August, Charlotte, Chicago, Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale, Greensboro, Houston, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, Miami, Oakland, Orlando, San Antonio, San Diego, St. Louis, San Francisco and San Jose. Previously announced were Dallas, Raleigh-Durham and Winston-Salem.
“We’re delivering advanced services that offer consumers and small businesses the ability to do more, faster, help communities create a new wave of innovation, and encourage economic development,” said Lori Lee, senior executive vice president, AT&T Home Solutions. “We’re interested in working with communities that appreciate the value of the most advanced technologies and are willing to encourage investment by offering solid investment cases and policies.”
AT&T U-verse uses advanced IP technology and a network that includes fiber-optic technology.
The planned expanded availability of U-verse with GigaPower is part of AT&T’s Project Velocity IP investment plan to expand and enhance its wireless and wireline IP broadband networks to support growing customer demand for high-speed Internet access, advanced TV services, and new mobile and cloud services, a spokesman said. This expanded fiber build is not expected to affect AT&T’s capital investment plans for 2014. And AT&T continues to expect that its wired IP broadband network will reach 57 million customer locations in its 22-state wireline footprint by the end of 2015. If you are looking for reliable, ultra-fast broadband, you might want to check out something like Click Broadband for more information.
Besides ultra-high-speed Internet, the system will include TV services with the capability to record and watch multiple shows simultaneously; ability to scheduled DVR recordings and watch TV shows on 30 or more varieties of smart phones and tablets, along with personal computers; small business features such as sharing large data files and images quickly, backing up data remotely; and videoconferencing for business with partners and customers.