In order to help businesses and residents in low-income areas become connected to an essential tool that is growing more essential by the day, AT&T will expand GigiPower Internet to parts of southern Dallas, Texas. Carried through a fiber-optic network, this high speed internet allows speeds of up to 1GB (gigabit) per second.
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[Dallas Mayor Mike] Rawlings said he sees high-speed Internet as a key way to improve the lives of longtime residents and attract young professionals who are already moving there.
“If you talk to citizens that live in southern Dallas, if you talk to small businesses about what can be better in southern Dallas, Internet access is always up there in the top list,” he said.
He said the AT&T announcement shows that large companies are paying attention to southern Dallas — an area that the mayor has touted as ripe for opportunity as part of his “Grow South” initiative.
“I’m thrilled to see southern Dallas finally breaking through,” he said. “It’s got to be a cost of doing business if you want to do business in Dallas.”
AT&T North Texas Vice President and General Manager Hardmon Williams III will speak on Tuesday. An AT&T spokesman declined to talk about the project before the announcement.
AT&T GigaPower is already available in other cities and parts of the Dallas area. AT&T launched the ultra-fast service two years ago in University Park and Highland Park, parts of Dallas, Fort Worth and surrounding suburbs such as Allen, Irving and McKinney.
The FCC’s priority in recent years has been to increase high speed internet access for low-income households and small businesses in low income rural and urban areas. This AT&T initiative falls in line with that particular point of view.