AT&T has extended its GigaPower fibre-optic network to residential and small business customers in south Florida, including parts of Fort Lauderdale, Hialeah, Hollywood, Miami and surrounding communities. The telco claims that the launch marks the area’s first 1Gbps residential connection. To date, AT&T GigaPower has inaugurated services in selected areas of 14 markets: Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Chicago, Cupertino, Dallas, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Worth, Houston, Kansas City, Miami, Nashville, Raleigh-Durham and Winston-Salem markets. Plans have also been announced to launch AT&T GigaPower in parts of Greensboro, Jacksonville, St Louis and San Antonio.
Elsewhere in the US Gigabit market, Google Fiber has reportedly secured a licence to operate as an internet service provider (ISP) within the San Antonio city limits. According to the San Antonio Current, the Public Utility Commission (PUC) of Texas approved an application by business unit Google Fiber Texas to expand its footprint to an additional Texan city. While the search engine giant-turned-Gigabit provider remained coy on its plans, a statement supplied to the newspaper read: ‘San Antonio has been great to work with as we have explored bringing Google Fiber to the city, and this amendment to our state franchise is an important next step. There’s still a lot of work to do, but we hope to provide an update about whether we can bring Google Fiber to San Antonio soon.’ As noted above, San Antonio is one of the future markets earmarked for Gigabit connectivity by AT&T, meaning the two heavyweights could now go head-to-head in the Texan city. San Antonio is the seventh most populated city in the US and the second most populated city in the state of Texas.