AT&T today introduced its gigabit GigaPower service to the Kansas City market in competition with Google Fiber, saying it has already hooked up its fiber-optic cables in some neighborhoods and plans to expand to two more localities. AT&T will also offer U-verse TV as part of a triple-play bundle with voice service.
The Federal Communications Commission has asked AT&T to provide details on how the telecom plans to proceed on its fiber-optic deployments as well as the program's profitability. In a letter sent to AT&T on Friday, officials also asked for information about its stated commitments related to the pending purchase of DIRECTV. The request came after AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said uncertainty about Open Internet rules could slow the company's fiber expansion investments.
Frontier Communications has taken control of the DISH Network subscribers formerly served by AT&T in Connecticut. Frontier on Friday closed on its $2 billion acquisition of AT&T's landline and U-verse TV customers, as well as AT&T's statewide fiber-optic network. Frontier made several commitments to upgrade the network in order to secure regulatory approval of the sale.
AT&T has surpassed the 10 million-subscriber mark for its U-verse broadband service, the telecom said Friday. U-verse customers composed 60% of AT&T's wireline high-speed Internet base as of Sept. 30, compared with 43% a year earlier. The telecom cited Project Velocity IP, its multibillion-dollar effort to complete its fiber-optic and wireless platform, as a major factor in the surge in U-verse subscribers.
Alcatel has agreed to supply SBC with a high-speed fiber-optic system for a residential development in Northern California, the companies said yesterday. The new network would be able to transmit data several times faster than current DSL systems, a report says.