Several weeks ago, I wrote about a media member in San Antonio wondering why so few in the city had access to AT&T’s GigaPower service even though AT&T celebrated about San Antonio being deemed “GigaPower ready”.
The reason is quite simple. AT&T has no intention of ever fully expanding their GigaPower service. We have written about this issue a number of times. Even after AT&T issues countless PR pieces about a city being GigaPower ready, virtually nobody outside of extremely small areas that are mostly pre-wired, will have access to the service.
For example, 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.
Now, the media in North Carolina is wondering the same thing: Where exactly is GigaPower available?
In August, AT&T announced it had begun rolling out its ultra-high-speed Internet service in Gaston County. So exactly where is it available now? And how long might it take to extend elsewhere? AT&T isn’t providing those types of answers. – GastonGazette
When the newspaper asked AT&T for answers, they were told by a spokesman that AT&T’s network was a “complex organism” and that “competitive reasons” were to blame for the lack basic information on availability.
Yet when the newspaper pressed AT&T for an explanation why some houses in Gaston County had the GigaPower service and others didn’t, AT&T admitted what we already knew:
Gelinas said there’s no quick and easy explanation for why the fiber-optic connection is already in place in some specific addresses, but not others. AT&T doesn’t want to get into discussions about where it has existing fiber-optic corridors, he said.“Part of what drives the expansion is where we already have our existing network in place and where it makes good business sense to expand,” he said. – GastonGazette
At least they admit it.