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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- AT&T confirmed it will expand its ultra-fast network to the City of Nashville. The AT&T GigaPower network will provide services offered over an all fiber network featuring symmetrical upload and download broadband speeds up to 1 Gigabit per second, and AT&T's most advanced TV services to consumers and businesses.

AT&T is deploying additional fiber and electronics to the existing network in Nashville to meet the growing demand for ultra-fast broadband. The network enhancements will enable customers to have access to AT&T's fastest Internet speeds available to consumers through AT&T in Nashville.

Local residents and small business customers on the AT&T GigaPower network will also experience cutting-edge TV services with the ability to watch and record five simultaneous HD streams, and our largest capacity DVR at one terabyte of storage.

"Continued innovation and investment in broadband infrastructure is important for our state's economy and to support the quality of life we enjoy in Tennessee," said Bill Hagerty, Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. "Tennesseans are using broadband for education, health care and entertainment and small and large businesses are using wired and wireless broadband to support their enterprises inside and outside of their offices."

"We are very pleased that AT&T has selected Nashville for its ultra-high speed fiber network," said Mayor Karl Dean. "This kind of technology is important to keep our city vibrant and attractive, and it is further proof of how Nashville is positioned as a city of the future. We look forward to working with AT&T as they bring this exciting new service to our residents."

"This is a truly great announcement, not only for my constituents in Nashville who will benefit from this service, but for the state of Tennessee as well," said House Speaker Beth Harwell. "It is clear confirmation that Governor Bill Haslam and the Tennessee General Assembly are working together to create the right rules and business climate to draw investment to the state. We appreciate the significant, long-term investment that AT&T has made in Tennessee and are pleased to hear that AT&T has selected Nashville to build the network to provide this service."

"AT&T has been investing and innovating for nearly 135 years. Deployment of this ultra-fast broadband service for consumers and businesses in Nashville is just the latest step in delivering the newest technology to this community," said Joelle Phillips, President of AT&T Tennessee. "I want to thank Mayor Dean, city leaders, Governor Haslam, Lt. Governor Ramsey, Speaker Harwell and other state leaders who have worked so diligently to craft policies that support tech investment in our state. Smart public policy decisions in Nashville and in Tennessee play a key role in driving investment - decisions like enacting competitively neutral ordinances at the local level and modernizing regulatory statutes at the state level."

Specific locations of availability and pricing for the Nashville market will be announced at a later date.

On April 21, 2014, AT&T announced a major initiative to expand its ultra-fast AT&T GigaPower fiber network to up to 100 candidate cities and municipalities across 25 markets nationwide. As part of that announcement, AT&T said it is also considering five other Tennessee areas – Clarksville, Franklin, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, and Spring Hill as candidate municipalities for the service.

AT&T launched the U-verse with AT&T GigaPower network to thousands of households in Austin, Texas, and surrounding communities in December 2013 and in January announced it will expand the fiber network to double the households in the Austin area this year as a result of high demand that has exceeded expectations. AT&T also has announced plans to expand to Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas this summer. Agreements have also been reached to bring AT&T GigaPower to Raleigh-Durham and Winston-Salem.

Additionally, AT&T has committed that when its proposed acquisition of DIRECTV is complete, the company will expand the AT&T GigaPower network to an additional 2 million customer locations. All of these 2 million locations are over and above what the company has announced previously.

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