AT&T announced Monday that it will extend its fiber-based “GigaPower” network to parts of Nashville, where it will eventually offer speeds up to 1 Gbps.
Nashville, served by incumbent cable operator Comcast, is also one of 34 potential expansion cities being sized up by Google Fiber and its 1-Gig-capable platform.
AT&T did not announce a specific timeframe for the deployment nor say which parts of Nashville will get access to the GigaPower network during the early part of the rollout.
"We are very pleased that AT&T has selected Nashville for its ultra-high speed fiber network," said Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, in a statement. "This kind of technology is important to keep our city vibrant and attractive, and it is further proof of how Nashville is positioned as a city of the future. We look forward to working with AT&T as they bring this exciting new service to our residents."
In April, AT&T announced that it would explore the expansion of GigaPower to as many as 100 additional cities across 25 markets. Other Tennessee areas that are on that list of candidates include Clarksville, Franklin, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, and Spring Hill. Other potential metros that are on AT&T's GigaPower expansion list include Atlanta, Augusta, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale, Greensboro, Houston, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Oakland, Orlando, San Antonio, San Diego, St. Louis, San Francisco, and San Jose.
The Nashville plan follows a recent string of GigaPower-related announcements from AT&T. Last week, it offered an update on its plan to launch services in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, which would follow its deployment already underway in pockets of Austin. AT&T has recently secured approval to build its GigaPower network in six North Carolina cities.
Separately, AT&T has proposed to expand GigaPower to an additional 2 million customers as a condition of its pending acquisition of DirecTV.