AT&T Inc. announced Monday it will offer ultra-fast Internet service in the Milwaukee area in 2016, capable of downloading 25 songs in one second and a TV show in less than three seconds.
Milwaukee will be one of 38 metro markets to receive the gigabit service to homes, apartments and small businesses in 2016. The GigaPower service will give customers a 1-gigabit per second connection for uploads and downloads, among the fastest speeds in the nation, and a first for AT&T’s residential customers in Wisconsin.
The gigabit service is coming to Milwaukee in the next 12 months, AT&T said Monday, but exactly when and where has not been made public yet.
People who work from home and have to move large amounts of data could benefit from the high-speed service, as could someone who plays a lot of video games and streams movies.
Users will be able to stream videos with no worries about buffering, and physicians could view X-rays and other medical images from their home computers with no delays.
In some cases, users will be able to download something to a computer as fast as data could be saved to a hard drive. Even if most consumers never come close to needing gigabit service, they may benefit from higher speeds such as 100 or 200 megabits that are available from the high-speed digital pipeline.
AT&T launched its first GigaPower network in Austin, Texas, about two years ago. The service is now available in about 20 metro markets.
“We’re excited to expand our ultra-fast Internet service to residents and small businesses in the Milwaukee area,” said Scott VanderSanden, president of AT&T Wisconsin. “This investment in our fastest Internet speeds will not only help small businesses compete in a global economy, it will also offer customers the high-speed connectivity so many demand in today’s video centric world.”
“High-speed Internet connections are improving virtually every aspect of our lives – from education to health care to employment opportunities to public safety,” said Mayor Tom Barrett. “Today’s announcement that AT&T plans to offer its ultra-fast fiber network in the Milwaukee area is great news for residents and small businesses alike.”