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AT&T, which lost 61,000 broadband customers during the second quarter of 2013 is launching a faster version of its U-verse service to stem losses and fight off competition from cable companies. It should make residents of 40 new markets reasonably happy…. I think!

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In the race for faster home broadband, it seems phone companies are always playing catch up with cable companies. Today, AT&T took a major step forward and announced that it is making its new 45 Mbps U-Verse broadband service available in 40 new markets. These upgrades are part of AT&T’s Project Velocity (announced in 2012) to upgrade AT&T’s broadband networks.

The company eventually wants to offer U-verse at speeds of up to 100 Mbps. For now, the new upgraded service will have speeds of up to 45 Mbps (downstream) and 6 Mbps (upstream). As part of a triple play service it will cost about $50 a month, but if you don’t want AT&T voice and TV service, U-verse is going to cost around $76 a month by itself.

AT&T launched this higher speed tier in July 2013 in California and Nevada. Today, it announced 40 new markets spread across Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, North & South Carolina, Tennessee and Wisconsin amongst other states. Cities such as Chicago, Miami, Orlando, Atlanta, New Orleans, Charlotte, Madison, Memphis and Chattanooga are on the list of locations where consumers can order this faster broadband tier.

As need for more bandwidth increases, AT&T has found itself falling behind the cable competitors. Many of its DSL customers have been defecting from its slower platform to faster options from others. Cable companies have started offering higher tiers — 50 Mbps at more affordable prices — and that is prompting phone companies and others to up their speeds as well.

According to Leichtman Research Group, during the most recent quarter (ending June 30, 2013), “AT&T and Verizon added 802,000 fiber subscribers in the quarter (via U-verse and FiOS), while having a net loss of 818,000 DSL subscribers.” AT&T lost 61,000 net broadband subscribers and now has about 16.453 million broadband subscribers, enough to make it the second largest broadband provider after Comcast.

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  1. Timothy O’Hara Monday, August 26, 2013

    I live in Apex, NC, just outside of Raleigh. Every subdivision around us has been upgraded to U-Verse. We are stuck on the Legacy BellSouth Fiber to the Curb platform. Do you know what AT&T services I can order over that high tech platform? POTS, that’s right, just POTS. I have AT&T fiber to my front yard that they will only sell me analog phone line over. Gee I wonder why they are losing share to TWC? It’s ridiculous!

  2. ATT is the worst and slowest internet pipe option.

    The only reason that they can even pretend to get you these speeds is with ever increasing compression and even then you are still going to be limited to your up speed of 6Mbit or 4 times what you could get with a T-1 line as a rule. Comcast or other cable companies will give you much faster up speed options with their coax of fiber cabling options.

    You also have to be within 2000 feet of the DSLAM from ATT to even try to get these speeds. Can’t wait to see how bad the Uverse service is when you try to run 4k H.265 video with multiple streams.

    ATT is at the of their ropes of obsolescence with their DSL or Uverse or whatever they want to call it offering which is over 2 pair of copper lines that used to be for POTs lines.

    1. you should really get your facts straight before bashing something you don’t have a clue about.

  3. Anything has to be better then Hughes net .You pay out of the nose for 425mbs and they cut you off saying you used up your allowed FAP . It’s all a rip off and the government lets them do it !

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