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Winston-Salem strikes deal with AT&T for fiber Internet network

Posted September 25, 2014 6:20 a.m. EDT

— A regional ultrafast network designed to delivering Internet and entertainment access at fiberoptic speed is another step closer to becoming a reality.

The City of Winston-Salem is the latest municipal participant in the North Carolina Next Generation Network project to make a deal with A&T for the deployment of an ultrafast Internet and entertainment network.

The agreement was announced Tuesday.

The City of Raleigh 

AT&T and City of Winston-Salem Reach Agreement to Deploy Up to 1 Gigabit Network

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., June 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- City officials ratified an agreement with AT&T* to bring ultra-fast Internet access to residents and businesses in Winston-Salem. AT&T will provide U-verse® with GigaPower℠ over a fiber network with speeds capable of up to 1 gigabit per second.

The agreement stemmed from a North Carolina Next Generation Network (NCNGN) initiative. The NCNGN is comprised of six cities, four leading universities, and local business leaders working to encourage development of high-speed broadband networks in the state.

The plan outlines potential fiber deployments to deliver ultra-fast broadband to parts of Winston-Salem. AT&T U-verse with GigaPower will also deliver advanced TV services and Internet speeds up to 10 times faster than what is available in Winston-Salem today.**

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"We're thrilled that Winston-Salem will be in the next round of cities for AT&T's rollout of its U-verse with GigaPower," said Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines. "Our City has a well-deserved reputation as a technology and medical leader and a network of this magnitude will help take the work underway in both those areas to new levels of innovation and achievement."

This investment by AT&T is in addition to its ongoing investment to expand its fiber network to tens of thousands of North Carolina residents and businesses over the next two years. In addition, similar AT&T U-verse with GigaPower plans, related to the NCNGN initiative , are currently pending ratification in five other North Carolina areas – Carrboro, Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh.

"We've already received great input from North Carolinians eager for the fastest available speeds," said Venessa Harrison, President, AT&T-North Carolina. "This ultra-fast fiber build will help foster innovation, enhance education, and encourage growth."

Other AT&T initiatives in 2014 include:

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