AT&T has extended its GigaPower fibre-optic network to residential and small business customers in parts of Charlotte, North Carolina and surrounding communities. The telco claims that the service represents Charlotte’s first 1Gbps residential connection. To date, AT&T GigaPower has officially launched in parts of the Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Chicago, Cupertino, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Nashville, Kansas City, Raleigh-Durham and Winston-Salem markets. Plans have also been announced to extend GigaPower to parts of the Greensboro, Jacksonville, Miami, St Louis and San Antonio markets. Further, AT&T has committed that, upon approval of its proposed acquisition of satellite TV giant DirecTV, the company will expand the GigaPower network to an additional two million customer locations.
Elsewhere in the US, Ting Fiber Network, a subsidiary of Canadian internet firm Tucows, says it is accepting sign-ups for Gigabit internet services in Charlottesville, Virginia. The service is available for USD89 per month. Ting added fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) services to its portfolio last December when it acquired Blue Ridge InternetWorks, which had already begun a fibre deployment in Charlottesville.
Meanwhile, Wave Broadband, which specialises in fibre-optic broadband provision in the US North-West, has introduced its ‘Wave-G’ Gigabit service to the San Francisco Bay Area, and now offers symmetrical 1Gbps services to residents of San Francisco’s NEMA neighbourhood. The new offering comes as Wave moves aggressively to build upon its acquisition of CondoInternet in September 2013.
Finally, Los Angeles’ City Council has approved a request for participants (RFP) to identify possible service providers to deploy a 1Gbps network that could serve the city’s residences and local businesses. Part of the RFP asks responders to provide an additional free Wi-Fi service and be able to complete the network build within the next five years. The RFP was issued as part of CityLinkLA, an initiative led by Mayor Eric Garcetti which aims to make Los Angeles what they say will be one of the ‘most connected cities worldwide’.