AT&T to Extend Gigabit Service to 11.7 Million Locations within Four Years of Acquiring DirecTV

by Istvan Fekete on July 6, 2015

AT&T and DirecTV have announced another short-term extension of their merger agreement, but what really matters for customers is the result. And to be honest, the predicted results sound really good: 11.7 million customer locations will have access to a 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-premises (PTTP) service when the deal closes. It will take some time, though.

“With approval of the transaction, AT&T will deploy FTTP so that its FTTP footprint will include a total of 11.7 million customer locations (the “Build Plan”),” wrote AT&T in an FCC filing. “This Build Plan will be completed within four years after the merger’s closing.”

This means that during the next four years AT&T will provide the FCC with ongoing progress reports on its “Build Plan”, showing the locations it is extending its Gigabit service to to fulfill the Plan where not funded by Connect America Fund (CAF) grants.

AT&T detailed its projected steps in an FCC filing and said that six months after the merger is finalized, it will submit the first progress report of the Build Plan to the FCC. This will be followed by other reports 90 days after each anniversary of the deal’s closing.

Fact is, the Build Plan has much higher goals that the initial plan revealed last June to upgrade 2 million homes to the fiber-based Gigapower broadband service.
Last April, AT&T announced a plan to expand its fiber network into 100 cities and municipalities in the US, including 21 metropolitan areas. Currently, the telco flipped the switch only on its 1 Gbps service in the Florida market, Charlotte, N.C. Chicago is next.

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Written by: Istvan Fekete. www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.com by: RSS, Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube.

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