Every dream begins somewhere, and every anniversary deserves special recognition – especially when it’s a milestone commemorating AT&T Fiber’s 10th year. As we look back, we’d like to go back to the beginning, when our dream of delivering superfast home internet speeds – that can now reach up to 5-Gigs1 – began in the live music capital of the world, Austin, Texas.
Back in 2013, selfies were all the rage, Vine had the best six second videos on social media, and the average subscribed internet speed was around 15.6 Mbps. April of that year would see Austin serve as the birthplace for AT&T Fiber, where we first announced our intent to build a fiber network capable of delivering speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second – that’s nearly 7x faster than the average internet speed available at the time.
With fiber already an intrinsic part of AT&T’s DNA, bringing it to the home ushered in a new era for AT&T customers who would soon be able to tap into symmetrical upload and download speeds on a faster, more reliable network.
For a city known for keeping things “weird,” the idea of gig-speed internet coming to their neighborhood was anything but. By the time plans were underway throughout the remainder of 2013 and into 2014, AT&T Fiber would reach tens of thousands of customer locations throughout Austin and the surrounding areas. But our fiber deployment teams never once rested on their laurels. AT&T Fiber would go on to grow and reach even more neighborhoods and businesses in and around Austin, and beyond, as the years progressed.
Immediately, customers began to share their excitement about our fiber service greatly impacting their everyday internet needs. From enabling multiple connected devices to run at once, to experiencing less lag, gigabit speeds were a marvel to witness for customers who had been used to legacy internet technologies. With streaming services and downloading content going mainstream, customers described these experiences as much smoother and more instantaneous over fiber. Little did they know at the time, we had more up our sleeves. This was just the beginning of what AT&T Fiber was capable of.