AT&T To Launch Ultra-Fast Gigabit Internet Speeds In Jefferson, St. Tammany Parishes, Northshore

JEFFERSON, LA – AT&T announced it is planning to expand the availability of ultra-fast speeds through  AT&T GigaPowerSM to homes, apartments and small businesses in parts of 38 additional metros across the United States, which will total at least 56 metros served, including Jefferson and St. Tammany Parishes.

         Internet speeds up to 1 gigabit per second over the AT&T GigaPower network let customers instantly access the latest online movies, music, games and more. AT&T GigaPower can also improve the customer experience when connecting to the cloud and videoconferencing, and gives customers the speed to power all of their devices.

         “We’re proud to announce our plans to bring Internet speed up to 1 gigabit per second in Jefferson and St. Tammany Parishes and throughout the Northshore, where we will offer ultra-high speeds to local consumers and employers in the area,” said Sonia Perez, president of AT&T Louisiana. “The AT&T GigaPower network will help encourage economic development in the area by facilitating a new wave of innovation through enhanced opportunities for education, health, research and small business growth.”

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         “We are excited AT&T GigaPower is coming to the area, especially St. Tammany Parish, and bringing gigabit connections to residential customers,” said St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister. “Private industry continues to respond to consumer demand, and this is a great example of the type investments that I look forward to seeing more of across southeast Louisiana as we continue our rebuilding efforts and encourage investment in our region post-Hurricane Katrina.”

         Nearly 2 years ago, AT&T successfully launched the first AT&T GigaPower metro in Austin, Texas. This launch led to a major expansion in multiple metros beginning in 2014. AT&T recently marked a major milestone deploying the AT&T GigaPower network to more than 1 million locations, and expects to more than double availability by the end of 2016.

         AT&T will continue to roll out its fastest Internet services over a 100% fiber network to reach more than 14 million residential and commercial locations.

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         AT&T GigaPower gives customers the opportunity to download 25 songs in less than a second, a TV show in three seconds or a favorite HD movie in less than 36 seconds.

         AT&T GigaPower customers also have access to the latest Wi-Fi technology, making it possible to enjoy AT&T’s best in-home Wi-Fi experience. Customers get faster Wi-Fi speeds, expanded coverage and support for all of their devices.

         With DIRECTV now a part of the AT&T family, customers on the AT&T GigaPower network in the area will be able to choose between award-winning DIRECTV or U-verse TV services.

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         When customers sign up for qualified DIRECTV programming, they get immediate access to a broad range of TV content on their compatible mobile device through the DIRECTV application, even before TV service installation, through the “Walk out Watching” program.

         In the home, DIRECTV customers with qualified programming have access to more than 315 channels, more than 200 in full-time HD, and the most comprehensive selection of sports programming. Customers can watch the programming they love, live or On Demand and experience it on almost any screen. DIRECTV On Demand offers access to more than 10,000 movies and shows to high-speed Internet customers with connected set-top boxes, including the hottest new Pay Per View releases.

         Customers on the AT&T GigaPower network in markets eligible for AT&T U-verse TV service can watch and record up to 6 HD programs at the same time, and will be able to record and store more of their favorite shows – up to 900 hours of SD or 330 hours of HD programming.

         AT&T continues to work with local leaders within the 21 state service area who are interested in expanding the availability of the 100% fiber-optic AT&T GigaPower network to consumers and small businesses.

         Frost & Sullivan recently recognized AT&T for its leadership in high-speed Internet services. It awarded AT&T the 2015 North American Competitive Strategy and Innovation Leadership of the Year Award for Broadband. The analyst firm praised AT&T for its “aggressive pursuit of higher bandwidth access” for customers through its AT&T GigaPower network initiative.

         AT&T has served Louisiana for more than 136 years and currently employs more than 4,700 people in the state. AT&T invested more than $1 billion in Louisiana's wireline and wireless networks from 2012 through 2014 to provide Louisiana consumers, schools and businesses a complete package of Internet, TV and voice services wrapped in an industry-leading customer experience.

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