AT&T Exploring Bringing GigaPower Fiber Network To Nashville

AT&T Exploring Bringing GigaPower Fiber Network To Nashville

CREATED Apr 21, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – AT&T said it plans to begin talks about bringing its high-speed fiber network to Nashville.

Music City is one of as many as 100 additional cities in 25 metropolitan areas on AT&T’s list for exploration of bringing AT&T U-verse with GigaPower.
The service's 1 gigabit per second speed is about 100 times what U.S. consumers typically get with broadband. That means faster video downloads and the ability for more devices to connect to the network without congestion.

"AT&T looks forward to continuing our long history of working with Nashville’s leaders to deliver the latest technologies to our community,” said Joelle Phillips, president, AT&T Tennessee. “Music City is already such a vibrant place, and I’m excited about the potential of Nashvillians using AT&T U-verse with GigaPower to do more of what they already do so well – more healthcare innovation, more advances in education, and making more of the world’s best music.”

AT&T currently has such speeds in Austin, Texas, and has committed to offer the service in Dallas. AT&T Inc. said the specific number of new markets will depend on discussions with local officials and assessments of potential demand. The company may start building some of the new networks by the end of the year.

A rival offering from Google Inc. is available in Kansas City and is coming soon to Austin and Provo, Utah.

Google announced in February that it was working with city officials to bring its Google Fiber service to Nashville. 

On April 15, Metro Council member gave first approval to a proposal that would allow Google to build what are referred to as "Network Huts" on Metro property. Google would pay the city an annual fee based on square footage of each hut. Google is expected to make a decision on which city gets Google Fiber in the coming months.

(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)