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AT&T launches GigaPower in Huntersville

Venessa Harrison, state president, North Carolina AT&T, talks with North Carolina representatives of the provider’s expansion in this 2013 file photo.
Venessa Harrison, state president, North Carolina AT&T, talks with North Carolina representatives of the provider’s expansion in this 2013 file photo. ogaines@charlotteobserver.com

AT&T has launched its high-speed Internet service in Huntersville.

U-verse with AT&T GigaPower offers customers speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second, the cable provider has said, and allows them to download 25 songs in less than one second.

“Adding a high-speed Internet option like this will provide a valuable boost to our local efforts – in tourism, education, economic development and other areas,” Huntersville Mayor Jill Swain said in a statement Monday.

AT&T launched the service in parts of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County in June.

In August, the provider also launched GigaPower in Gastonia. Along with Charlotte, AT&T GigaPower is already in parts of Apex, Carrboro, Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham, Greensboro, Morrisville, Raleigh and Winston-Salem.

Local officials have been “tremendously supportive” as AT&T has rolled out plans to deliver the GigaPower service, said Venessa Harrison, state president, North Carolina AT&T. The provider is “moving quickly” to educate potential customers about AT&T’s Internet and television services, she added.

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

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta

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