AT&T’s To Bring ‘GigaPower’ To St. Louis

Charter Recently Boosted Entry-Level Speeds In The Market
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AT&T said Wednesday that it will deploy its fiber-based “GigaPower” network to parts of St. Louis, where Charter Communications is the incumbent cable operator.

The coming deployment will bring symmetrical 1 Gbps broadband services to area residential and business customers. AT&T said it is also considering GigaPower builds in other cities in the St. Louis metropolitan area, including Chesterfield, Edwardsville, Florissant and Granite City.

As has been the case with similar GigaPower deployment plan announcements, AT&T said availability of GigaPower-class services and pricing of services for the St. Louis market will be announced at a later date.  Its stand-alone 1-Gig service in Dallas/Fort Worth runs $120 per month, and as low as $70 per month in Austin, Texas. 

AT&T’s GigaPower play will also include access to some new video-side features, including a souped up DVR with 1 terabyte of storage that can record up to five shows at once.

Charter, which tangles with AT&T in St. Louis, has already been spreading some love of its own in the market. In June, Charter raised its entry-level broadband tier from 30 Mbps (downstream) to 100 Mbps as part of the MSO’s all-digital “Charter Spectrum” upgrade in St. Louis. In other Charter Spectrum markets, the MSO has been doubling its baseline broadband tier – from 30 Mbps to 60 Mbps – at no additional cost. Charter is also pairing those speed upgrades with expanded HDTV lineups and new voice service features.

AT&T has committed to bring its GigaPower network to several markets. Here’s an updated list of deployments and deployment commitments, alongside the area’s incumbent wireline provider:

-Austin, Texas** (Time Warner Cable, Grande Communications)

-Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas** (Time Warner Cable, Grande Communications, Charter Communications)

-Cary, N.C.* (TWC)

-Charlotte, N.C.* (TWC)

-Carrboro, N.C.* (TWC)

-Chapel Hill, N.C.* (TWC)

-Cupertino, Calif. (Comcast)

-Durham, N.C.* (TWC)

-Greensboro, N.C. (TWC)

-Houston, Texas (Comcast)

-Jacksonville, Fla. (Comcast)

-San Antonio, Texas* (TWC, Grande Communications)

-Overland Park, Kan.* (TWC)

-Miami, Fla. (Comcast)

-Nashville, Tenn.* (Comcast)

-Raleigh, N.C.* (TWC)

-Winston-Salem, N.C. (TWC)

 *Also a potential buildout site for Google Fiber

**GigaPower services launched

In April, AT&T announced it was  exploring an expansion of GigaPower to as many as 100 additional cities across 25 markets. It has also proposed to expand GigaPower to an additional 2 million customers as a condition of its pending acquisition of DirecTV.