LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- AT&T’s fiber Internet service is now “available widely” to residential customers in parts of Jefferson, Oldham, Nelson and Spencer counties, with plans to expand into Jeffersonville and New Albany, Indiana, a company official said Tuesday.
With connections up to 1 gigabit per second, AT&T Fiber is the kind of super-fast service that Mayor Greg Fischer’s office has worked for years to bring to the city.
“This is a significant step for Louisville to be able to have these speeds and be able to advertise to young people looking for a place to live, for entrepreneurs looking for a place to start a business,” AT&T Kentucky President Hood Harris said at press conference Tuesday. “The demand is there and we are building it out.”
AT&T’s expanded service comes as Louisville officials still hope Google Fiber will deploy in the city – and as Metro government battles AT&T in federal court over a utility-pole ordinance the city adopted to make it easier for Google Fiber to enter the market.
Mary Ellen Wiederwohl, the Fischer administration’s top economic development official, applauded AT&T’s new service at the company’s press conference on Tuesday without mentioning AT&T’s lawsuit against the city.
“We have always welcomed multiple providers to the market. This is, kind-of, Econ 101 – competition is good,” Wiederwohl told reporters following the event.
Harris declined to say which areas of Louisville are being wired for AT&T Fiber beyond mentioning the Beechmont neighborhood in south Louisville and the Jeffersontown area.
WDRB has independently confirmed that the service is available at addresses off the west side of Taylor Boulevard just north of the Watterson Expressway, in the Norton Commons subdivision in eastern Jefferson County and in Crestwood.
Residents can check if the service – which used to be called GigaPower -- is available at any address by going to www.att.com/getfiber
Harris said AT&T has also wired nearly 80 apartment or condo buildings in the Louisville area for the service. Those buildings are mapped here.
Harris declined to say how many Louisville-area homes or apartments have access to the service, nor the company’s goal for the area. Nationwide, AT&T Fiber is available at about 3 million locations, with plans to expand to 12 million by 2019, he said.
“You can see that we have got a very aggressive build plan out there,” Harris said.
Harris sidestepped a question about whether the entire Louisville market will have access to AT&T Fiber, saying the company wants to deploy “as many customer connections as we possibly can.”
AT&T Fiber advertises an introductory price of $90 a month for its top tier speed of 1 gigabit per second, with a $10 discount if bundled with a TV package from AT&T U-Verse or DirecTV.
The fiber services from AT&T and Google involved running fiber-optic cable directly to houses and apartments.
The fiber wiring offers much higher capacity than coaxial cable and copper phone lines, but it is expensive for telecom companies to string on utility poles or lay in rights of way.
Harris declined to say how much AT&T is spending on the work in Louisville.
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