As I have written about a number of times, AT&T keeps expanding their 1 Gbps service (GigaPower) to virtually nobody outside of extremely small areas that are mostly pre-wired for the service. That hasn’t stopped AT&T from celebrating such accomplishments.
More recently, AT&T had a ribbon-cutting ceremony because one residential building complex in Illinois was deemed ready for the GigaPower service. AT&T has also thrown a party because they expanded their GigaPower service to a single park in Henderson, Kentucky. Several weeks before that, AT&T threw a party because they were expanding GigaPower to several business buildings in Nashville, Tennessee. In the past, AT&T has thrown parties for simply announcing that GigaPower “might” be coming to a city.
Meanwhile, the cities residents have little actual access to the service….and no timeline for expansion.
Are you eager to sign up for AT&T’s GigaPower? Not so fast. AT&T began offering its super-fast fiber Internet service to local customers on September 28, just one week after the company officially announced plans to offer GigaPower to San Antonio customers. The telecom was quick to play catch-up after Google Fiber announced plans earlier this summer to include the Alamo City in its expansion. But as far as actually making GigaPower available to the majority of its local customers? Well, AT&T may be more slow-going. – SACurrent
When the San Antonio Current ran their own informal poll, only 11 of 60 respondents were able to confirm that GigaPower was available at their address. When several media outlets asked AT&T to provide a service map to them….AT&T declined but noted that GigaPower is available to “parts” of several counties.
AT&T will continue to inch their way across San Antonio and stop whenever it becomes unprofitable. Right now, it works out best for AT&T to continue issuing PR releases about how a new building on one street is now GigaPower ready! When Google Fiber comes along, expect the same Google Fiber-ready areas to suddenly and quickly become GigaPower-ready.