AT&T said today that it will build a $33 million symmetrical 5 Gbps network in Oldham County, Kentucky that will be available to every one of the more than 20,000 residential and business addresses.
Planning and engineering is underway. AT&T said that some services in portions of the county will be available next year.
“We have a long history of connecting businesses and residents in Oldham County, and we’re already hard at work planning this new expansion of our AT&T fiber network for the people of Oldham County,” Sonia Perez, the president of AT&T Southeast States, said in a press release about the 5 Gbps build. “We are proud to work with the county and community leadership to deploy a fast and reliable network that can help build better futures for businesses and residents across the county.”
Earlier this month, CEO John Stankey said on a virtual investor conference webcast that the goal of the company after it divests WarnerMedia will be to be “America’s best broadband provider.” The multi-gigabit nature of the Oldham County project is consistent with a goal of delivering multi-gigabit symmetrical speeds discussed at the conference.
In January, AT&T said it had made 5 Gbps service available to 2.5 million locations.
The company also plans to double its fiber footprint by 2025, when its fiber broadband service will be available to 25 million consumer locations, 4 million small businesses and 1 million enterprises.