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AT&T Plugs GigaPower in San Diego, El Paso

AT&T said it is launching its fiber-fed GigaPower platform in parts of two more markets – San Diego, Calif.; and El Paso, Texas.

Service is being offered in a sub-segment of those areas.

In the San Diego region, GigaPower is being offered in portions of Carlsbad, San Diego and San Marcos, as well as more than a dozen area apartments, including a master-planned community called Civita in Mission Valley.

There, AT&T said it is offering 1-Gig standalone service starting at $70 per month

AT&T GigaPower offers internet speeds up to 1Gbps for as low as $70 a month. That “Premier” tier is available to customers who participate in AT&T Internet Preferences, the company’s targeted Web advertising program.

For the deployment in El Paso, 1-Gig is starting at $90 per month.

AT&T said its GigaPower network currently reaches more than 1.6 million locations in 24 metro areas with plans to extend it to 32 more areas at 14 million residential and commercial locations.

The anticipated breadth of that rollout plan has drawn some skepticism. CSG Consulting, for example, is wondering how the budget AT&T has allotted for wireline is enough for it to reach its stated goals.