AT&T to Bring Faster Broadband to 38 Cities Under FCC Commitment

  • Company's GigaPower can reach speeds of 1 gigabit per second
  • Expansion plans will eventually serve 12.5 million locations

AT&T Inc. plans to roll out faster-speed fiber-optic Internet access to 38 additional cities in 20 states, part of a commitment made to regulators to gain approval for its acquisition of DirecTV.

The service, a competing offer to Alphabet Inc.’s Google Fiber, will be available today in Los Angeles and West Palm Beach, Florida and next year in cities in the Southeast and Midwest, Dallas-based AT&T said today in a statement. Called GigaPower, it can reach speeds of 1 gigabit per second -- about 100 times faster than standard Internet access.

As part of the $48.5 billion DirecTV deal, AT&T committed to expanding its fiber buildout to 12.5 million locations.

With the addition of Los Angeles and West Palm Beach, GigaPower is now available in parts of 20 U.S. cities, including Cupertino, California, near Google’s Mountain View headquarters. Google started its fiber-optic Internet and TV service three years ago in Kansas City as a way to demonstrate blazing-fast Internet speeds and help spur competitors to respond with more advanced fiber-based services of their own.

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