City of Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan today announced AT&T’s plan to provide new ultra-fast fiber network to Greensboro, along with 20 other metro areas in the US. The fiber network will deliver AT&T U-Verse with GigaPower service, which can deliver broadband speeds up to 1 Gigabit per second to consumers and businesses. AT&T selected Greensboro because of expected demand for the new service. Construction of the network improvements will begin in 2015.
“This is an exciting announcement as it will not only bring the fastest consumer Internet speeds to the residents of Greensboro, but it also helps put our City in a more competitive position in the future regarding economic development,” said Mayor Vaughan. “It says a lot about Greensboro that AT&T sees the potential we have here.”
The planned expanded availability of U-verse with GigaPower is part of AT&T’s Project Velocity IP (VIP) investment plan to expand and enhance its wireless and wireline IP broadband networks to support growing customer demand for high-speed Internet access, advanced TV services, and new mobile and cloud services.
AT&T U-verse with GigaPower services are expected to include:
• Internet speeds reaching up to 1 Gigabit per second, faster than the fastest consumer Internet available in most communities today. With Gigabit speeds, you can download an HD online movie in less than 36 seconds, download 25 songs in one second, and download your favorite TV show in less than 3 seconds.
• Access to cutting-edge TV services that include the most advanced AT&T Total Home DVR with more HD TV streams to record and watch multiple shows simultaneously, plus greater DVR storage capacity.
• Super-fast Wi-Fi speeds and the ability to schedule DVR recordings and watch hit TV shows on more than 30 varieties of smartphones and tablets, as well as your PC.
• Faster speeds that enable small businesses to more quickly and seamlessly:
o Upload, download and share large data files and images
o Back up data remotely in the cloud at one or multiple locations
o Videoconference with suppliers, business partners, and customers
“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.”
The other 20 metropolitan areas, in addition to Greensboro, includes: Atlanta, Augusta, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, Oakland, Orlando, San Antonio, San Diego, St. Louis, San Francisco, and San Jose.
The City works with the community to improve the quality of life for residents through inclusion, diversity, and trust. As the seventh largest employer in Greensboro, the City has a professional staff of about 3,000 employees who maintain the values of honesty, integrity, stewardship, and respect. The City is governed by a council-manager form of government with a mayor and eight council members. For more information on the City, visit www.greensboro-nc.gov or call 373-CITY (2489).