AT&T, which said Monday it launched ultra high-speed Internet service in parts of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, said it is marketing the expansion of the service to apartment and condo residents. Richard Drew AP
AT&T, which said Monday it launched ultra high-speed Internet service in parts of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, said it is marketing the expansion of the service to apartment and condo residents. Richard Drew AP

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AT&T marketing high-speed network to apartments, condos

By Katherine Peralta

kperalta@charlotteobserver.com

June 16, 2015 12:12 PM

AT&T, which said Monday it launched ultra high-speed Internet service in parts of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, said it is marketing the expansion of the service to apartment and condo residents.

In a statement Tuesday, AT&T said it’s working with property owners, management groups, homeowner associations and developers interested in bringing the faster speeds to their developments.

“This will make properties more attractive by offering Internet speeds up to 1 gigabit per second so residents can quickly connect to the cloud, telecommute more easily, video chat in real-time and stream the latest entertainment,” Joni Arison, AT&T’s senior vice president of emerging markets, said in the statement.

U-Verse with AT&T GigaPower, AT&T’s new service, promises speeds of 1 gigabit a second, or 100 times faster than typical Internet services. The company said the service allows a user to download 25 songs in one second.

When it announced the launch of GigaPower Monday in Charlotte, AT&T did not identify specific neighborhoods where the service will be available or how long it will take to cover the whole city. Residents and small businesses interested in AT&T’s new Internet service can check their eligibility online at att.com/gigapower.

Outside of Charlotte, AT&T said it’s also considering bringing the high-speed network to Gastonia and Huntersville.

Interested multifamily property managers can nominate properties at ww.att.com/fiberproperties. After that, AT&T engineers will develop a fiber design that will have to be approved by the property’s stakeholders. Finally, AT&T technicians will install the AT&T GigaPower network once an agreement is reached.

AT&T’s announcement comes as rivals are ramping up their efforts to provide faster speeds to local customers. Google has said it plans to start laying fiber this month for its Google Fiber network, which also features speeds up to 100 times faster than broadband.

Similarly, Time Warner Cable also plans to bring faster Internet speeds and improved television services to local customers through a new “TWC Maxx” service starting this summer.

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