AT&T expands U-verse in Kansas City, will let Google hang fiber on utility poles
AT&T (NYSE: T) said it has expanded the footprint for its U-verse TV and high-speed Internet services to 400,000 living units across the Kansas City area. The company also reached an agreement with Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) to allow the Internet giant hang fiber for its 1-Gig broadband network on its utility poles in Kansas City.
The telco, which competes with Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) in Kansas City, launched U-verse in the city in March 2007. The company said it has tripled the number of households that have access to U-verse since early 2008, and that it is now available to about 45 percent of households in the market.
Google will challenge both AT&T and Time Warner Cable with its Google Fiber pilot project, which is focused on testing the types of applications and services that could be delivered through a 1-Gig ultrafast broadband network. AT&T said it will lease space on its utility poles for Google to hang fiber for its fiber infrastructure.
FierceCable reported Monday that Google has developed a fiber edging device that could help it quickly connect homes in Kansas City to the 1-Gig network. The edging device, similar to decorative wall molding, could run from demarcation points near AT&T utility poles to optical network terminals attached to the side of a home. That approach could help Google quickly connect homes to the network without tearing up lawns and gardens in Kansas City.