AT&T and WOW simultaneously announced 1-gig deployments today, setting up Huntsville, Ala. as the latest unlikely location for a pitched battle between competing cable and telecom gigabit-speed services.
For AT&T, Huntsville is among three more metropolitan areas that will have the switch turned on for 1-gig services in October. Other cities now served include Detroit and Columbus, Ohio.
AT&T also announced fiber deployments in Augusta, Ga.; Bakersfield, Calif.; Ft. Smith/Northwest Arkansas, Ark.; Louisville, Ky.; Lubbock, Texas; Memphis, Tenn.; and Mobile, Ala.
The company said it now has gigabit speeds enabled in 32 metropolitan areas and plans to reach 45 cities by year’s end.
WOW, meanwhile, announced in August that it was bringing its “Gigtopia” service to five market say the end of the year. Today, it said deployments have been made in four of them Huntsville and Auburn, Ala.; Knoxville, Tenn; and Evansville, Ind.
"In both Auburn and Huntsville, we are already offering the highest speeds available with our 600 Mbps Internet service,” said WOW System Manager Matt DeMuro, in a statement. “By enabling 1 Gig Internet over our existing Alabama coax plant, WOW customers will be able to access the fastest Internet service from WOW.”
Wow is offering its 1-gig service as a stand-alone product, available for $70 a month with a two-year contract.
- read this AT&T press release
- read this WOW press release on its Evansville deployment
- read this WOW press release on its Auburn and Huntsville deployments
- read this WOW press release on its Knoxville deployment