Newnan part of AT&T’s new expanding network
by Celia Shortt
AT&T is launching a major initiative to expand its ultra-fast fiber network, and Newnan is one of the candidates to receive the faster service.
“AT&T looks forward to continuing our long history of working with Newnan’s leaders to deliver the latest technologies to our community,” said Rich Johnson, regional director, external affairs, AT&T. “Mayor Keith Brady and the city council have worked hard over the years to create a regulatory environment in the city that allows us to consider bringing our biggest projects to Newnan. By creating business-friendly policies, Mayor Brady and city leaders have moved Newnan to the top of the list of cities where more investment makes sense.”
AT&T’s fiber network will deliver AT&T U-verse with GigaPower service, allowing businesses and consumers to have broadband speeds up to 1 gigabit per second and AT&T’s most advanced television services.
The new initiative is expanding this faster service to up to 100 candidate cities, including 21 new major metropolitan areas. One of these areas is Atlanta, of which Newnan is a part.
To determine who receives it, AT&T is going to work with local leaders in the markets to determine ways of bringing service to their communities. Those which have suitable network facilities and give the strongest investment cases based on the anticipated demand and most receptive policies will influence coverage maps and which areas are selected.
“Newnan is already such a vibrant place, and I’m excited about the potential of consumers using AT&T U-verse with GigaPower to do more of what they already do so well – more healthcare innovation, more advances in education, and a connected community that is poised for continued economic growth with AT&T’s superior gigabit network," said Johnson.
Newnan City Manager Cleatus Phillips will be meeting with AT&T officials to learn more about the project and what it means for Newnan.
“We are excited about the possibilities it offers,” he said of the project.
The list of 21 candidate metropolitan areas includes: Atlanta, Augusta, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale, Greensboro, Houston, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, Oakland, Orlando, San Antonio, San Diego, St. Louis, San Francisco, and San Jose.
With previously announced markets, AT&T now has committed to or is exploring 25 metro areas for fiber deployment.