AT&T launches high-speed service in Gastonia

An AT&T logo on a store in Dedham, Mass.
An AT&T logo on a store in Dedham, Mass. AP

AT&T has launched its ultra-fast Internet service in Gastonia.

The provider says its U-Verse with AT&T GigaPower service offers speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second and allows customers to download 25 songs in less than a second. AT&T launched the service in parts of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County in June.

“AT&T’s new fiber-optic network, delivering gigabit speeds, is going to be a game-changer for residents and businesses as we grow our economy and strengthen our community,” County Commission Chairman Tracy Philbeck said in a statement Friday.

AT&T’s announcement comes as competition in Charlotte’s Internet landscape intensifies. Time Warner Cable started rolling out TWC Maxx, which offers speeds of up to 300 megabits per second, in July. In June, Google began construction in Charlotte for its Google Fiber high-speed Internet service.

In addition to Charlotte, AT&T GigaPower is already in parts of Apex, Carrboro, Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham, Greensboro, Morrisville, Raleigh and Winston-Salem.

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta