AT&T U-verse hiring jumps; Frisco VRAD battle continues

IPTV service provider giant AT&T (NYSE:T) recently has been seen going on a hiring binge to support expansion of its U-verse broadband and IPTV services. The carrier has recently been hiring technicians in Connecticut and Georgia to support deployments in those states and is now preparing to hire as many as 400 technicians in Florida, as it ramps up expansion plans in the Sunshine State.

The telco actually appears to have sharply increased its hiring commitment in Florida recently, according to the South Florida Business Journal, which noted that the company said in June it would add about 100 technicians in Florida, including 71 in South Florida. Now, the South Florida figure is reported to be 240 open jobs out of 400 statewide.

The Florida figure is much high than the 90 open jobs AT&T advertised in the Atlanta area and the 80 it posted in Connecticut. The telco continued to show strong customer adoption of its U-verse IPTV package through the second quarter, reporting 202,000 new subscriber additions in the quarter, giving AT&T a total take of 3.4 million U-verse TV customers.

The hiring and growth, however, come as AT&T's neighborhood U-verse utility boxes continue to draw controversy. Several community groups in San Francisco filed a lawsuit seeking to stop deployment of U-verse video-ready access devices there after a local government committee narrowly voted to allow deployments without requiring AT&T to conduct environmental impact reviews first.

For more:
-see this South Florida Business Journal report
-read this DSL Reports post on the S.F. fight

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