Dallas-based AT&T announced Tuesday it will expand high speed GigaPower service to unserved areas of southern Dallas in the next year.
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings praised the announcement at a City Hall news conference Tuesday.
"It checks a box that the folks in southern Dallas are going to have the same power that people in northern Dallas have," Rawlings said. "Quality of life goes up, efficiency goes up, productivity goes up, incomes go up – we start to close that gap."
City Council members who represent southern Dallas attended the announcement.
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Councilman Erik Wilson said better internet connections and cheaper land costs will help southern Dallas better compete with areas to the north.
"This is a huge event, huge opportunity for southern Dallas," Wilson said. "A much needed, long overdue needed asset, but I'm glad that it's here and we're going to take full advantage of it."
Councilwoman Tiffinni Young said her Fair Park-area district lacks reliable internet service in many areas.
"Less than a mile from their headquarters and we are struggling with no internet, and so I'm happy that they have stepped up to the plate," Young said.
Other competitors offer cable or satellite based options in southern Dallas areas. And AT&T already serves some portions of southern Dallas with fast service, but those areas will greatly expand, the company said.