AT&T Plans to Expand Fiber Infrastructure if DirecTV Merger Approved

AT&T says that it would be happy to expand its broadband fiber infrastructure throughout the country… if the government agencies like the FCC and the Justice Department approve its proposed merger with satellite TV provider DirecTV. AT&T recently name checked 100 municipalities in 21 metropolitan areas where it "might" bring its fiber-to-the-home network, GigaPower service. The company did not say just how many customers might be served under this attentive plan to expand its network. The service offers up to 1Gbps download speeds. AT&T also said the expansion "is not expected to impact AT&T’s capital investment plans for 2014."

That fiber expansion plan was revealed a few weeks before AT&T announced a deal to buy satellite provider DirecTV for $48.5 billion, but it seems to be tied to it; AT&T told the Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday that it needs approval of the DirecTV merger in order to bring fiber to 2 million locations.

"The economics of this transaction will allow the combined company to upgrade 2 million additional locations to high speed broadband with GigaPower FTTP (fiber to the premise) and expand our high speed broadband footprint to an additional 13 million locations where AT&T will be able to offer a pay TV and high speed broadband bundle," AT&T said in an SEC filing.

Ars Technica has more on the merger deal and the company's murky plans to build out its fiber infrastructure here.

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