AT&T to deliver all-fiber infrastructure to Jacksonville


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – AT&T confirmed Tuesday it will expand its ultra-fast AT&T GigaPower network to the city of Jacksonville.

The all-fiber network will bring symmetrical upload and download broadband speeds up to one gigabit per second, and AT&T's most advanced TV services to consumers and small businesses, according to a news release.

AT&T is deploying additional fiber and electronics to the existing network in Jacksonville to meet the growing demand for ultra-fast broadband. The network enhancements will enable customers to have access to AT&T's fastest Internet speeds available to consumers, according to the release.

"Local residents and small businesses on the AT&T GigaPower network will also experience cutting-edge TV services with the ability to watch and record five simultaneous HD streams, and its largest capacity DVR with one terabyte of storage," the release reads.

How fast is one gigabit? You can download 25 songs in one second, download your favorite TV show in less than three seconds, and download an HD online movie in less than 36 seconds, according to the news release.

"Jacksonville welcomes the opportunity to work with AT&T to bring ultra-fast Internet service to our residents and small businesses," said Mayor Alvin Brown. "We all know that speed is king in the online world. Having access to these very high speeds will help us strengthen Jacksonville's competitive position as a digital crossroads and communications hub. We want Jacksonville to be on the leading edge of technology and innovation."

"AT&T recognizes Jacksonville as a vibrant area for users of new technologies and all that they enable. With today's announcement, we're looking forward to bringing U-verse with AT&T GigaPower to market," said Joe York, AT&T Florida president. "This technology has the capabilities to change the way communities work-fostering innovation, enhancing education and healthcare, and encouraging business and economic growth."

Specific locations of availability and pricing for the Jacksonville market will be announced at a later date.

In April, AT&T announced a major initiative to expand its ultra-fast fiber-based AT&T GigaPower network to up to 100 candidate cities and municipalities across the nation. To date, U-verse with AT&T GigaPower has launched to tens of thousands of households across the Austin, Dallas and Fort Worth markets. The AT&T GigaPower network will also be delivered to Charlotte, Greensboro, Houston, Miami, Nashville, Overland Park, Kansas, Raleigh-Durham, San Antonio and Winston-Salem.

Additionally, AT&T has committed that upon approval of its proposed acquisition of DirecTV, the company will expand the AT&T GigaPower network to an additional 2 million customer locations.