AT&T has fulfilled last year’s promise and brought gigabit-speed internet to Reno.
Launching on November 16, gigabit fiber internet is now offered in parts of Reno, Sparks and the surrounding communities. These one gigabit connections from AT&T’s Fiber network are available to area houses, apartments and small businesses.
Fiber optic speeds can be anywhere from 100 megabits per second to 100 gigabits per second, making them more than 10 times faster than the highest traditional cable speeds. Most cable internet providers offer a maximum of 60 megabits per second, but AT&T will offer 1 gigabit.
When a single home has up to 50 internet-connected devices or appliances, these are all competing for internet bandwidth and require a larger tunnel for data. Fiber optics provide that larger tunnel, allowing more simultaneous use and alleviating slowdowns caused by high traffic, or multiple devices.
AT&T plans to extend this service beyond the 44 metros that it now reaches to include at least 67 more metro areas. With this high-speed internet, you can download 25 songs in 1 second or a 90-minute HD movie in less than 34 seconds. You can also instantly access and stream online movies, music and games. These ultra-fast speeds let you seamlessly telecommute, video-conference, upload and download photos and videos, connect faster to the cloud.
This ultra-fast service is marketed to over 3 million locations nationwide, of which over 500,000 include apartments and condos. The company is on a fast track to meet its planned 12.5 million locations by mid-2019. With this new service offered in Reno, they are connection more than 10 area apartment and condo properties.
“Our customers are increasingly interacting with their world in more data-intensive ways,” Stephanie Tyler, president of AT&T Nevada, said in a news release. “A growing number of people are streaming content directly from their devices and interacting with family and friends through live videos. As we begin today to bring our fastest internet speeds to residents of our community, we’re continuing to work to meet those needs.”
The Reno City Council and Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN) saw this venture as a boon for the growing economy in the region.
“The 100 percent fiber network that AT&T is beginning to put in place demonstrates AT&T’s continued investment in our community,” said Vice Mayor Neoma Jardon, in a news release. “Access to high-speed internet allows our community to connect in the most efficient way possible and continues to grow our economic foundation.”
Internet-only pricing for customers who choose AT&T Internet 1000 starts as low as $90 per month, giving consumers access to the latest Wi-Fi technology. The 100% fiber network under the AT&T Fiber umbrella brand gives customers the power to choose from a wide range of internet speeds over an ultra-fast internet connection. This network is just one of the network technologies they plan to use to connect customers as a part of AT&T Fiber.
AT&T has invested nearly $800 million in its wireless and wireline networks in Nevada between 2013 and 2015, which speaks to the economic boom in the region. The University of Nevada, Reno and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas share a gigabit internet backbone that is one of the fastest in the country. Some Charter Communications customers in the region also have access to gigabit speeds through traditional cable lines. An additional independent company, called Lightcore Group, is also competing to provide fiber service.
Use this AT&T fiber locator map to see what locations are connected and if the speeds are offered in your home.
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