AT&T U-verse announced that it has launched its new 75 Mbps (downstream) U-verse Internet tier in Houston, where the telco competes with incumbent MSOs such as Comcast.
The launch follows recent expansions of the faster tier in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, La.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Milwaukee, Wis.; Mobile, Ala.; and South Bend, Ind. AT&T has also launched the 75-meg service, which is paired with an 8 Mbps upstream, in Augusta, Ga.; Charleston, S.C.; Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo, Ohio; El Paso, Texas; Fort Lauderdale and Miami, Fla.; Monterey and Sacramento, Calif.; and St. Louis, Mo.
In Houston, the introductory price for the new tier starts at $39.95 per month when bundled with other U-verse services. It has been selling for $74.95 per month as a stand-alone service in other markets.
In Houston, as it is in other U-verse markets, AT&T is offering the 75-meg offering to certain areas the city. AT&T didn’t pinpoint areas that are eligible to get the new, faster level of service, but the customer’s proximity to the telco’s broadband gear, such as its video-ready access device (VRAD), factors into that equation.
Other U-verse tiers deliver downstream speeds of 6 Mbps, 12 Mbps, 18 Mbps, 24 Mbps, and 45 Mbps. AT&T also offers 100 Mbps and 1-Gig options in areas where it has begun to roll out its fiber-based GigaPower platform.
AT&T ended 2014 with 12.2 million U-verse broadband customers.
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