Facing pressure from Google, AT&T is now planning to offer ultra-fast Internet connections in 100 new cities and municipalities in the United States, including 21 new metropolitan areas.The announcement comes just a few weeks after Google announced plans to take Fiber to 34 new cities.
“AT&T will work with local leaders in these markets to discuss ways to bring the service to their communities,” the company’s announcement reads. “Similar to previously announced metro area selections in Austin and Dallas and advanced discussions in Raleigh-Durham and Winston-Salem, communities that have suitable network facilities and show the strongest investment cases based on anticipated demand and the most receptive policies will influence these future selections and coverage maps within selected areas.”
The list of metropolitan areas includes Atlanta, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Miami, Los Angeles, Nashville, Oakland, Orlando, San Diego, San Francisco and many others.
“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.”
Internet speeds are to reach up to 1 Gb per second, the same as offered by Google.