Press Release

Jacksonville, Fla., Aug. 19, 2014 — AT&T today confirmed it will expand its ultra-fast AT&T GigaPower network to the City of Jacksonville. The all-fiber network will bring symmetrical upload and download broadband speeds up to 1 gigabit per second, and AT&T’s most advanced TV services to consumers and small businesses.

AT&T is deploying additional fiber and electronics to the existing network in Jacksonville to meet the growing demand for ultra-fast broadband.  The network enhancements will enable customers to have access to AT&T’s fastest Internet speeds available to consumers.**

Local residents and small businesses on the AT&T GigaPower network will also experience cutting-edge TV services with the ability to watch and record five simultaneous HD streams, and its largest capacity DVR with one terabyte of storage.

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“Jacksonville welcomes the opportunity to work with AT&T to bring ultra-fast Internet service to our residents and small businesses,” said Mayor Alvin Brown.  “We all know that speed is king in the online world.  Having access to these very high speeds will help us strengthen Jacksonville’s competitive position as a digital crossroads and communications hub.  We want Jacksonville to be on the leading edge of technology and innovation.”

“AT&T recognizes Jacksonville as a vibrant area for users of new technologies and all that they enable. With today’s announcement, we’re looking forward to bringing U-verse with AT&T GigaPower to market,” said Joe York, AT&T Florida President. “This technology has the capabilities to change the way communities work—fostering innovation, enhancing education and healthcare, and encouraging business and economic growth.”

“This is an exciting time to live and work in Jacksonville.  We currently sit at the cutting edge of technology and this deployment will provide another option for our businesses and residents to work, educate, create, invest and build at faster speeds,” said Daniel Davis, President and CEO, JAX Chamber. “Business today is global and it is predicated on speed. The more opportunities our residents and business have to access high-speed networks, the more competitive we are economically.”

“We are very pleased AT&T has selected Jacksonville to deploy its ultra-high speed fiber network,” said Paul McElroy, Jacksonville Electric Authority CEO and Managing Director.  “AT&T’s networks have long played a key role in supporting the economic growth of our city, while also helping us enjoy a vibrant quality of life. In today’s global community, this new network will open tremendous new opportunities for our citizens in many fields, including education, medicine and innovation. We look forward to working with AT&T as they bring this exciting new service to our community.”

Specific locations of availability and pricing for the Jacksonville market will be announced at a later date.

On April 21, 2014, AT&T announced a major initiative to expand its ultra-fast fiber-based AT&T GigaPower network to up to 100 candidate cities and municipalities across the nation. To date, U-verse with AT&T GigaPower has launched to tens of thousands of households across the Austin, Dallas and Fort Worth markets.  The AT&T GigaPower network will also be delivered to Charlotte, Greensboro, Houston, Miami, Nashville, Overland Park, Kan., Raleigh-Durham, San Antonio, and Winston-Salem.

Additionally, AT&T has committed that upon approval of its proposed acquisition of DIRECTV, the company will expand the AT&T GigaPower network to an additional 2 million customer locations. All of these 2 million locations are over and above what the company announced in April.

Other AT&T initiatives in 2014 include:

  • Enhance and expand its 4G LTE wireless network, the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network.**** AT&T 4G LTE wireless service is available in 25 major cities across Florida.
  • Expand its U-verse footprint to more areas of Southern Florida. U-verse is currently available in the Fort Lauderdale, Kissimmee, Jacksonville, Orlando, Pompano Beach and surrounding communities.

AT&T invested more than $2.75 billion in its Florida wireless and wireline networks from 2011 through 2013.

AT&T has served the state of Florida for nearly 135 years and employs more than 15,000 people in the state.

For more information, visit att.com/gigapowercities.

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