Chapel Hill becomes latest AT&T fiber town in North Carolina

Continuing its quest to blanket all of North Carolina with its 1 Gbps-capable "U-Verse with GigaPower" platform, AT&T (NYSE: T) has forged a deal with the town of Chapel Hill to begin rolling out its fiber network.

The Chapel Hill Town Council voted Monday to proceed with an agreement made with AT&T in May. This follows similar ratifications with AT&T in Raleigh, Carey, Winston-Salem and Durham. AT&T is also seeking approval to bring fiber to Carrboro.

These agreements are borne out of North Carolina's "Next Generation Network" initiative, which involves six cities, four universities and local business leaders working to encourage the development of high-speed broadband in the state.

"We've already received great input from North Carolinians eager for the fastest available speeds," said Venessa Harrison, president, AT&T-North Carolina, in a statement. "This ultra-fast fiber build will help foster innovation, enhance education, and encourage growth."

In addition to North Carolina, AT&T has rolled fiber into pockets of Austin, Texas, initially offering broadband speeds of 300 Mbps with plans to soon ramp up to 1 Gbps. 

For more:
- read this press release
- read this News Observer story

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