AT&T Expands Fiber to 17 More Metros

Says fiber-fed 1-Gig offering available in parts of 51-plus metros (UPDATED)
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AT&T Fiber, the new brand for an FTTP effort previously called AT&T GigaPower, said it has expanded its footprint to parts of 17 more metros.

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The latest cities to get access include Birmingham, Ala.; Charleston and Colombia, S.C.; Chicago; Greensboro, N.C.; Huntsville and Mobile, Ala.; Houston; Indianapolis; Kansas City, Mo.; Little Rock, Ark.; Los Angeles (Jurupa, Los Angeles and Orange County), San Diego and Sacramento, Calif.; Memphis, Tenn.; New Orleans; and St. Louis.

In markets such as San Diego and New Orleans, AT&T Fiber is selling a symmetirical 1 Gbps service starting at $80 per month, with a 12-month commitment, rising to $119 per month after that introductory period. AT&T is also pitching TV bundles with DirecTV and U-verse TV.

UPDATE: AT&T clarified pricing on 1-Gig with the following info: 

-AT&T Internet 1000 is offered at $70 per month when new customers also purchase noather AT&T qualifying service with combined billing, or $80 per month for Internet-only, with a 12-month agreement. The $70 per month price for the 1-Gig service, when paired with other AT&T service, is not a promotional price, but one that is maintained when bundled with other qualified service with combined billing. Customers who buy 1-Gig as a standalone for the intro price of $80 per month with a 12-month agreement, will see the price rise to $90 per month at the end of the promotional period. 

Tied into a rebrand of its fiber-based offering,AT&T recently sunset Internet Preferences, a targeted Web advertising program it has been using in tandem with its lower-cost 1-Gig broadband service tiers. 

AT&T Fiber said it now delivers service to more than 51 metros.  By 2019, the company expects to have FTTP deployed to at least 12.5 million locations across 67 metro areas.

In January, AT&T CFO John Stephens said broadband penetration is 9% higher in FTTP markets versus AT&T’s non-fiber footprint, and that about half of new broadband subs in fiber markets take speeds of 100 Mbps or more, and 30% are taking 1 Gig.