AT&T Plans 1Gbps Push into 21 Additional Metropolitan Areas

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Jeffredo

I'm stuck in a "copper wire" older subdivision in a small town (20,000 people). I'm not holding my breath on any upgrade from them any time soon (as in years and years).

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jbwhite99

Paul, to be clear, a lot of these same cities are on the Google Fiber list, including some additional suburbs of Raleigh and Durham (Morrisville, Garner, and one other) - this matches the Fiber content.

It sounds like the City of Raleigh and AT&T have already gotten together - it is possible that by the end of the year, we could have 3 different content providers offering GbE. Meanwhile, I only have 3 Mbps from AT&T DSL, or up to 50/5 (for $99 per month) from Time Warner. My community can't even build anything they want because AT&T and Time Warner bought the legislature a few years ago to prevent municpalities from doing things.

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RogueNine

From other sources, it appears that this new service will be available in mostly new, high-end subdivisions where fiber was already run during construction. AT&T does not appear to be spending any money to run fiber to locations that are currently served by copper, at least for the next couple of years.

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TheMissingPiece

I can assure anyone with upmost certainty that none of this, I mean NONE of this would have happened without pressure from Google. Ol' Ma Bell would not have had any incentive to increase their speeds otherwise. Notice how they're hitting the Google Fiber cities as well? They mean to compete.

Which is good for the consumer I guess, but it won't keep me from hating Ma Bell with a fiery passion.

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vrmlbasic

I'd rather not think of Google and its evil empire as the AMD-esque underdog in the broadband fight, that google fiber is their equivalent to Mantle... :(

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TheMissingPiece

It's the hero we need, but not the one we deserve. :/

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vrmlbasic

Sorry East Coast, if you're north of NC then it looks as though FiOS Quantum and its 300 Mbit/sec is the fastest that you can get. :(

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Peanut Fox

Depending on the cost I may be willing to join Ma Bell.

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Peanut Fox

Depending on the cost I may be willing to join Ma Bell.

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RICHARD RIDDICK

Funny how isp's whine about file sharing but what else do you need such speed for, sure not just surfing the web.

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Peanut Fox

It'd be nice to download these larger digital games in a few minutes versus hour/s.

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RICHARD RIDDICK

I agree but then they shouldnt be complaining about file sharing.

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glpeter90

Forget the speed. Anything over 25 mbps is nice to have, but your just waiting on the site. Give me a cheaper connection at 25 mbps. The only one who gains with a bigger pipe, is those that want to sell you something.

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vrmlbasic

I have ~50 Mbps. 25 would be unlivable, with large downloads being my norm and with multiple users on the pipe.

If there's such a cutoff as you describe, I would argue that it is a far cry above 25 Mbps. 1000 Mbps might be it, since it is as fast as the average LAN can go ;)

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BlazePC

"...we're talking up to 1Gbps service. At that speed, you could download 25 songs in a single second, a TV show in 3 seconds, and a high-definition movie in as little as 36 seconds, assuming perfect conditions."

This stinks of so much misinformation and sub-mediocre brain cycle application it isn't even funny. Define perfect conditions? And you do realize that theoretical transport speeds mean absolutely nothing in terms of real world performance, on any given day and at any given distance. Overhead much?

What a joke!

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Mikey109105

The day any fiber network comes to Brookhaven on Long Island where I live is the day hell freezes over. We've been begging Verizon for years and gotten nowhere, so to bother expecting AT&T or even Google Fiber to come here is just plain pointless. Everyone here hates the Cablevision monopoly, but none of the companies offering fiber seems to give a crap. Then again, thats normal operating procedure for them so yeah. Congrats to whatever cities besides mine that get fiber.

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tony2tonez

Mikey, I just heard from someone, that Fios got the blessing from Town of Crookhaven. I guess some people got paid very nicely. Dont know when the plan rollout is. I am glad I moved out of Crookhaven.

And this happened on 2/1/14 http://longislandfed.org/event/town-hall-meeting-verizon-fios-build-brookhaven-town

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Mikey109105

I already know about that. In fact, I was there and Verizon was not. Verizon, in fact, has had our blessing for quite a few years. They've simply continually refused show any sign of support for bringing FiOS to Brookhaven, or for that matter showing any sign that they even give a damn other than to basically give us the middle finger, as was basically the opinion of everyone at that town hall meeting. I know they also sent a DVD of the meeting to Verizon, and they also sent out tickets for about 800 double posts that are illegal and haven't been removed. If that didn't get Verizon to do SOMETHING about getting FiOS for Brookhaven, then I don't know what will, because the Town has tried just about everything and Verizon has always refused to come to the table.

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germanogre

I thought Vzn had given up on FiOS entirely, and quit distributing it all together.

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ram1220

I have Uverse internet and it is reliable. Expensive though. As for Uverse TV I just dumped it due to Uverse having the worst HD picture out of them all. Uverse TV sucks.

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AFDozerman

Please, for the love of god, somebody show vegas some love! Cox is getting really oold out here.

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FrancesTheMute

Vegas is one place I would expect to have the best network infrastructure. You'd think that with the explosive growth as of late and all the network needs of the casinos that the whole area would be covered in fiber.

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vrmlbasic

Show the country some love by getting rid of the Reids and maybe someone can help a bro out :)

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Goolashe

Damn, Greensboro is right beside me! So very close, yet so far!

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dorkish

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

the only economic development they are interested is their own

one the largest tela comm company's in the world and i can't even go on their website and get a simple basic dsl line 750kbs for $15 which they do offer and a low income life line phone service which would bring the total price up to about $20, i can't even go to one their retail stores and get it instead i'm supposed to call a number (cough cough how do you order the service if you don't have a phone? or their website) no instead they wan't you to get one their way over priced u verse services for a low low price of only $50 for the next 6 months (fine print after 6 months it's like $75 or more and by the way you have to buy a $100 modem or pay us another $7 a month to rent one)

one these years after I cool down I'm going to file a complaint with the FCC for denial of service :)

and hopefully one these days google fiber will roll into more of the bay area free service for low income people :)

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germanogre

The telecom companies don't have to provide you with anything. The only way to get them to sit up and pay attention (and stop being greedy assholes) is to buy from their competition, or stop buying it, period.
Money is absolutely the only thing they understand. I realize I'm preaching to the choir here, but many people still don't seem to get it.

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tony2tonez

No mention of pricing yet. But it seems that Google Fiber rolls outs has the other competition nervous, which is great.

If you look at the cities they are planning, I see ATT already has a footprint and/or barrier to entry not costly. Well, maybe San Francisco could be hard. Figure's the biggest populated cities are the most monopolized combined with corruption, screwing us all.

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dedgar

"a paltry 45Mbps"
Out here where I live I'm happy I can download a game from Steam and it only takes 4 or 5 hours. More for a really big game.
But I choose to live out here.

A paltry 45 Mbps, BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

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John Pombrio

Yet, here is CT, the top plan for ATT UVersue is a paltry 45Mbps. The plans start at only 3Mbps. Meantime, I can get 150Mbps for the same price as ATT 45.

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goodtime

"paltry 45mbps" try living where there is only satellite and 4g, both heavily capped.