Dewhirst Properties and AT&T Enter into Agreement to Offer U-Verse to West Jackson Row Apartments
Aug 21, 2013 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) --
AT&T and Dewhirst Properties announced an agreement to offer AT&T U-verse services over a fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network to a new multi-dwelling apartment community that will service more than 70 residents at West Jackson Row Apartments, located at the corner of W. Jackson Ave. and S. Gay Street.
According to a release, AT&T's Project VIP includes a plan to expand and enhance AT&T's wireline IP network to approximately 57 million customer locations in its wireline service area by year-end 2015. The Project VIP plan includes an upgrade for U-verse High Speed Internet to speeds of up to 100 Mbps over the next several years.
AT&T said it invested more than $175 million in its Knoxville area wireless and wireline networks from 2010 through 2012, with a focus on expanding 4G LTE mobile Internet coverage and enhancing the overall performance of its networks.
Further, with the agreement, AT&T will offer Internet Protocol (IP)-based AT&T U-verse TV, U-verse High Speed Internet and U-verse Voice on a 100 percent fiber network to designated units within West Jackson Row Apartments.
"This is a great example of how a public process can generate interest from private and commercial businesses," said Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero. "Here, the private sector is delivering services to the public and fulfilling a great need for broadband Internet. We look forward to seeing more partnerships develop due to our on-going public discussion and dialogue."
The initiative with West Jackson Row Apartments is part of the AT&T Connected Communities program a strategic marketing initiative between AT&T and regional or national single-family builders, developers, real estate investment trusts, apartment ownership and management groups, and home owners' associations to provide next-generation communications and entertainment solutions to residents and homebuyers.
"This agreement with AT&T gives us a distinct advantage over other properties downtown, while also boosting the value of the apartments we offer here," said David Dewhirst, developer, West Jackson Row Apartments. "As a matter of fact, this is an improvement over our satellite TV service we offer at our other properties and now we're able to meet the varying technological demands of our residents in an easy, turnkey way."
"AT&T Connected Communities is yet another way we're working hard to keep Knoxville residents connected to the information in their busy lives whether that is across town or around the world," said Alan Hill, regional director, external affairs, AT&T Tennessee.
Dewhirst Properties creates upscale condominiums, urban lofts, high-tech office space, and retail locations in downtown Knoxville.
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