Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in

Forget Google: AT&T Bringing Gigabit Internet to North Carolina

By - Source: AT&T | B 20 comments

AT&T is working to set up Gigabit Internet connectivity in the Tar Heel state.

AT&T announced on Thursday that it is now in advanced discussions with the North Carolina Next Generation Network (NCNGN), a regional initiative focused on stimulating the deployment of next generation networks to North Carolina. Both are discussing how to deliver Gigabit networking to parts of the Triangle and Piedmont Triad regions including Carrboro, Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham, Raleigh and Winston-Salem.

"The chance to deploy the fastest consumer Internet speeds the Triangle and Piedmont Triad regions have ever seen shows how dedicated its policymakers and university and business leaders are to bringing the latest technology to the state," said Venessa Harrison, President, AT&T-North Carolina. "We're encouraged by our conversations with NCNGN and remain committed to investing in our communities and delivering the technology people want."

The plan sees AT&T installing public Wi-Fi hotspots, free AT&T U-verse with GigaPower at up to 100 public sites and an all-fiber network connected to up to 100 business buildings. The plan also includes a free 3 Mbps AT&T U-verse High Speed Internet offer available to 10 affordable housing complexes. The plan would also bring AT&T U-verse to the residents and businesses of Durham for the first time.

AT&T launched U-verse with GigaPower to "tens of thousands" of households in Austin, Texas and surrounding communities in December. Then in January 2014 the company announced that it would expand the fiber network in that area to double the households this year. AT&T plans to expand to Dallas later this year.

U-Verse is AT&T's triple-service package that includes broadband, IP telephone and IP television services. U-Verse is offered in 22 states including Texas, Michigan, California, North Carolina, Florida and more. On October 1, 2013, AT&T began to deploy its 100 percent fiber Internet broadband network in the Austin area, branded U-Verse with GigaPower.

Meanwhile, AT&T's biggest competitor, Google, is creating "Fiberhoods" in Kansas City, Provo, Utah and Austin, Texas. Like AT&T, Google is eyeing the same Raleigh-Durham area in North Carolina along with Charlotte. Other potential cities include Atlanta, Nashville, San Antonio, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Jose and Portland.

Do we really need all of this speed? Right now the only bottleneck we have in regards to downloading huge files in seconds is our Internet connection. We now have Gigabit LAN connections and Gigabit wireless speeds (802.11ac), but Internet connections that are perhaps 30 Mbps or less (Time Warner calls 20 Mbps "turbo"). Our devices are surpassing the speed of the Internet roadways.

Unfortunately, it will be a long time before everyone has Gigabit Internet speeds. Just watch the progression of AT&T and Google; you'll see that it will be many, many years before Gigabit Internet is in every household.

Discuss
Display all 20 comments.
This thread is closed for comments
  • 9 Hide
    Bean007 , April 10, 2014 12:21 PM
    But the main question will be. Will they cap your Internet for overages?
  • 0 Hide
    Bean007 , April 10, 2014 12:22 PM
    But the main question will be. Will they cap your Internet for overages?
  • 6 Hide
    stevenrix , April 10, 2014 12:23 PM
    Let me see, capped to 250 gigz a month?
  • 2 Hide
    rocknrollz , April 10, 2014 12:34 PM
    200 gig cap, 1500 per month. I can't wait...No not really
  • 1 Hide
    JOSHSKORN , April 10, 2014 12:38 PM
    Can't wait until Verizon offers the same thing in my area, 5 years late, at a much higher rate with a lower cap.
  • 2 Hide
    falchard , April 10, 2014 12:41 PM
    Not sure what this article is trying to say, its not like they are going to be giving people 1 Gb/s connections. They are just putting in more fiber lines. The speed is really going to depend on how many they want to cover per fiber line and the median that communicates to the network.
  • 9 Hide
    Thien Pham , April 10, 2014 12:55 PM
    What you wanted to view netflix movies, only $10/month extra. What you went over your 100gb monthly limit...oh so sorry $10/gigabit over your limit. Oh did we mention 1 gigabit speeds for only $300/month only during non-peak hours of 12am-7am. What you have issues with your connection....just call our help desk and wait for 1 hour on the phone only to get to a customer service person who has no clue because the internal systems are way to complicated for anyone to use.
  • 3 Hide
    Immaculate , April 10, 2014 1:11 PM
    first thing I thought when I read AT&T and Fiber was "I wonder what cap they come up with?"
  • 2 Hide
    jn77 , April 10, 2014 1:58 PM
    This really scares me. I dealt with AT&T once before for their U-did not work verse crap. Once they have you hooked into a contract,they never deliver the service they claim, the speeds are slow, the outages are often and then when you want out of your contract, their service department is worse than dealing with scum.

    I hope Google comes through in NC and TWC needs to learn a lesson by keeping FIOS out of NC for too long.
  • 2 Hide
    capt_taco , April 10, 2014 2:05 PM
    Faster speed, higher prices and a data cap ... still a loser on two out of three.
  • 2 Hide
    gsxrme , April 10, 2014 2:10 PM
    AT&T capped the hell out of the fibers in Atlanta, GA. So coming from that, Screw AT&T. Had em and went back to Comcast because of less issues. Wish I had Google as an Option :( 
  • 1 Hide
    Wisecracker , April 10, 2014 7:35 PM

    Quote:
    The plan sees AT&T installing public Wi-Fi hotspots, free AT&T U-verse with GigaPower at up to 100 public sites and an all-fiber network connected to up to 100 business buildings. The plan also includes a free 3 Mbps AT&T U-verse High Speed Internet offer available to 10 affordable housing complexes.


    Roughly 4.5 million people from the "Triad to the Triangle," 5 "Metropolitan Statistical Areas," 60,000 businesses over 3,000+ square miles ... roughly 17% of the population living below the poverty line after hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs were shipped overseas in the last 20 years.

    Thanks for the laughs, AT&T

  • 1 Hide
    jabliese , April 11, 2014 7:28 AM
    Forget Google? Not likely, as they are the only reason Ma Bell is doing anything in this space.
  • 1 Hide
    Matous Mojzis , April 11, 2014 11:43 AM
    Like seriously, this should be something fantastic? In my country and my city I am able to get gigabit connection for about 40$ a month...And this is not new, we have it for about four years...
  • 0 Hide
    gggplaya , April 11, 2014 12:28 PM
    "The plan also includes a free 3 Mbps AT&T U-verse High Speed Internet offer available to 10 affordable housing complexes"

    Yea, so they can sit on their butts all day playing xbox live, and surfing the internet. Exactly what they need!! Free high speed internet. Now if they included a free mandatory education filter like they have in schools, that would block out video games and porn, then i'd be ok with it.
  • 1 Hide
    webbwbb , April 11, 2014 12:48 PM
    They cap at 1TB/month. $10/50GB after that with a maximum overage of $30.
  • 1 Hide
    tylerdrumr , April 12, 2014 2:03 PM
    I had AT&T once at my office. I had 13 employees that were on phones (Cisco voip) everyday, and the service would go out at least once a month (for about 4-6 hours.) AT&T was never able to fix the problem, and I was forced to go with another ISP (which works great!) Because of that, it is hard to get excited about anything regarding AT&T internet.
  • 1 Hide
    30BR , April 14, 2014 11:26 AM
    Here in Charlotte, AT&T cannot deliver more than 128k upstream to our business park that has at least 600 employees...
  • 0 Hide
    Atheena , April 14, 2014 11:39 AM
    I agree... At&t can brag all they want... but I want equality in up and download speeds to be impressed... and limits??? if you got it you can flaunt it... stop being so cheap and creepy with the stuff that really does not cost you extra. I miss companys that were for internet only!!!!
  • 0 Hide
    thespin , April 14, 2014 2:25 PM
    Your connection speed cannot exceed the speed being served to you by the server you connect to. Traffic on a server can reduce speed served dramatically, while some servers throttle that speed in order for users not to have unrealistic expectations when there is less traffic. Take Microsoft for example.