Alpharetta on AT&T fiber shortlist

Company could expand fiber network through city

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ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Alpharetta is on the short list to receive AT&T’s new fiber network.

The company made the announcement April 21 that it would expand its ultra-fast fiber network to up to 100 candidate cities and municipalities nationwide, including 21 new major metropolitan areas. Included in this list was the Atlanta area, in which Alpharetta was named along with several other satellite communities, such as Decatur, Duluth, Lawrenceville, Lithonia, McDonough, Marietta, Newnan, Norcross and Woodstock.

“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 of 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.”

Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle said he was excited by the news.

“This is consistent with Alpharetta being the Technology City of the South,” he said.

The fiber network will deliver AT&T U-verse with GigaPower service, which can deliver broadband speeds up to 1 Gigabit per second and AT&T’s most advanced TV services to consumers and businesses.

Similar to previously announced metro area selections in Austin, Texas, and Dallas and advanced discussions in Raleigh-Durham and Winston-Salem, North Carolina, communities that have suitable network facilities and show the strongest investment cases based on anticipated demand and the most receptive policies will influence these future selections and coverage maps within selected areas.

The list of 21 metropolitan area candidates includes: Atlanta; Augusta, Georgia; Charlotte, North Carolina; Chicago; Cleveland; Fort Worth, Texas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Greensboro, North Carolina; Houston; Jacksonville, Florida; Kansas City, Missouri; Los Angeles; Miami; Nashville, Tennessee; Oakland, California; Orlando, Florida; San Antonio; San Diego; St. Louis; San Francisco and San Jose, California. With previously announced markets, AT&T now has committed to or is exploring 25 metro areas for fiber deployment.

MH 05-07-14