AT&T says that three business parks in Gaston County are “fiber ready,” a designation that helps developers pitch their communities to expanding businesses by touting the availability of high-speed Internet services.
The Gaston County locations include Gaston Technology Park in Dallas, Summit Crossing Park in Gastonia and South Ridge Business Park in Bessemer City, AT&T said in a statement Tuesday.
AT&T said in January that it was adding 1 million business customer locations, including 23,500 in North Carolina, to its fiber network.
“Equipping all three of the business development sites owned by Gaston County with fiber optic facilities will help us attract the clean, high-paying jobs that support an Information Age economy,” said Tom Keigher, Chairman of the Gaston County Commission.
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Spokesman Josh Gelinas said the designation is not yet applicable to locations in Charlotte.
“While there are many locations with access to AT&T’s fiber optic network in Charlotte, we have yet to finalize any agreements to apply the AT&T fiber ready designation in the city, but we look forward to such opportunities,” Gelinas said.
AT&T’s announcement comes as competition heats up among Charlotte-area providers to bring high-speed service to the area. Google Fiber is in the process of building out its fiber network locally, and Time Warner Cable and Windstream also have been rolling out faster speeds throughout the region.