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Four Tarrant County cities to soon get AT&T’s ultra-fast gigabit Internet speeds

AT&T said Thursday that it will launch its ultra-fast GigaPower Internet and television network to some Dallas-Fort Worth customers on its U-verse service this summer, but didn’t offer dates or how much it will cost.

Fort Worth, Arlington, Euless, Granbury, North Richland Hills, Weatherford and Willow Park AT&T customers will initially be able to get speeds of 100 megabits per second, but will be able to upgrade to one gigabit by year’s end.

In the Dallas area, the AT&T GigaPower network will first launch in Highland Park and University Park. Later, Allen, Fairview, Irving and McKinney will start at 100 megabits per second with upgrades to the full speed by the end of 2014, AT&T said.

AT&T started offering the GigaPower network in the Austin area in December. It is also expanding the service to areas in North Carolina and possibly 100 other cities.

“We’re proud to be the first to offer ultra high-speeds to local consumers and employers in Dallas, Fort Worth and surrounding cities,” said Dave Nichols, president of AT&T Texas, in a statement. “The AT&T GigaPower network will help encourage economic development in the area by facilitating a new wave of innovation through enhanced opportunities for education, health, research and small-business growth.”

AT&T said the gigabit speed allows consumers to download 25 songs in one second, a 30-minute television show in three seconds and a high-definition online movie in 36 seconds.

U-verse television customers will have the ability to watch and record five simultaneous HD streams using AT&T’s largest storage capacity DVR with a one terabyte hard drive, the company said.