AT&T unveils roadmap to bring fiber to 100 U.S. cities

AT&T unveils roadmap to bring fiber to 100 U.S. cities

Summary: AT&T has dreams of striking it rich in the big city, or rather, all of the big cities in the United States.

SHARE:
6
fiberoptics

AT&T has taken its fiber network game plan to the next level with the unveiling of a roadmap that consists of targeting 100 cities and municipalities nationwide.

Aiming to serve both consumers and businesses alike, AT&T touted its U-verse with GigaPower fiber network roll-out would consist of delivering broadband speeds up to 1 Gigabit per second along with U-verse TV.

For the most part, AT&T (as well as a few other telco and ISP competitors -- namely Google) have been dabbling with deploying these ultra-fast Gigabit Internet networks in smaller, tech-heavy metropolitan areas such as Austin, Texas and Provo, Utah.

But AT&T has dreams of striking it rich in the big city, or rather, all of the big cities in the United States.

The nation's second largest wireless provider published a full list of the 21 metropolitan areas where fiber plans are in the works, consisting both of the local metropolis hub as well as surrounding suburbs and towns.

Here's a summary of those candidate areas: Atlanta, Augusta, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale, Greensboro, Houston, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, Oakland, Orlando, San Antonio, San Diego, St. Louis, San Francisco, and San Jose.

This brings the grand total of metro areas where it is at least exploring deploying U-Verse TV and fiber to 25, following Austin and Dallas as well as the Raleigh-Durham and Winston-Salem markets in North Carolina.

This exploration process includes working with local leaders on financing, developing, and timing the fiber broadband infrastructures and deployment.

Being that the keyword in all of this might be some variation of "exploring," AT&T didn't provide any extra details about timelines or specific dates.

However, AT&T did reiterated its goal to bring its wired IP broadband network to at least 57 million customer locations across 22 states by the end of 2015.

Topics: Networking, 4G, Mobility, AT&T, Wi-Fi

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.

Talkback

6 comments
Log in or register to join the discussion
  • Did i read this right?

    An incumbent isp is actually improving their service.
    ah, but there it is again, those two words: "up to"
    cheezus
  • what customers want is

    better service and better value- at&t simply cannot deliver on either.

    A mee2 copy cat behaviour shows the kind of company at&t is; it is like m$- predatory, lacking in ideas or innovation and all round poor value.

    Will their internet plan offer unlimited service ? For a reasonable price ?

    Didn't think so.
    GrabBoyd
    • You sound like you wake up on the wrong side of the bed every day,

      but, your comments just go to prove that, even those with a lack of imagination and who are most ignorant, can give voice to their silliness through the internet.

      BTW, ATT and Microsoft, are two of the biggest and most profitable organizations on the planet, and they didn't get there by listening to ignorance such as yours.
      adornoe@...
      • In AT&T's case...

        ...the many years of franchise monopolies on telephone service in most of the country helped. And MS' position as the dominant vendor in the software industry is much more due to winning an OS contract from IBM and taking full advantage of it than it has been to excellent customer service.

        The wealth of commercial firms *is* sometimes due to how well they serve their customers, but not in anywhere near all cases and certainly not these two. By the same token, net worth is a poor predictor of actual worth.
        John L. Ries
        • The real way to judge a corporation

          I think there are four criteria:

          1. What do customers get for their money?
          2. What do employees get for their efforts?
          3. What do stockholders get for their investment?
          4. To what extent can the company be considered an asset to the communities in which it does business?

          Looking at the balance sheet really isn't enough to determine more than one of those; and maybe not even that.

          Another helpful rule of thumb

          1. Stockholders are almost never treated better than customers.
          2. Customers are rarely treated better than the employees that serve them.
          John L. Ries
  • Missing detail

    Corporations aren't normally allowed to lay cable without a municipal franchise contract. It is therefore to be assumed that AT&T is doing this in its capacity as the phone company, making this not exactly an entrepreneurial move.
    John L. Ries