It was like a dream come true.
I just got finished with an AT&T; Rep who was going door to door after part of my neighborhood in Piedmont/Oakland was just greenlit for AT&T; fiber. After struggling though DSL for the past 10 years or so the future has finally arrived at my home address.
So what is the deal that AT&T; is offering residential customers?
Well, if it’s available in your area they are signing people up for AT&T; U-verse. You have to get your TV from them as well as fiber internet with the minimum package starting at $99 per month. They had some cheaper plans without the 10MBPS speeds, but I’m happy to pay more for the top fiber speeds. This $99 per month includes high speed fiber (with guaranteed speeds of 10MBPS downloads and 1.5MBPS uploads), AT&T; TV service including a dual tuner HDTV DVR and a bunch of premium cable channels. I opted to pay $10 more per month for their HDTV package as well. The TV service also has high quality movie pay per view downloads as well. So for $109 per month I now will get fiber internet as well as their bundled U-Verse TV service.
The rep also helped me move my home telephone package from a $60 per month package that I was paying before to a new $40 per month unlimited local and long distance package for U-Verse customers.
There are no installation charges that I have to pay and my service also comes with free Flickr Pro service through Yahoo/SBC. The rep also told me that as part of this package I’d be able to get free wifi service at AT&T; hotspots (including Starbucks). They will also be installing a new wireless router in my home so I’ll be able to get wifi on the service as well. According to the AT&T; rep this will not be shared internet service, I’ll be on my own network ensuring that I maintain my high speeds.
I’ve been dying for fiber service at my home for years and now it’s finally here. They are coming next Monday to install the new service and now it’s time for my internet speeds to fly, baby, fly.
The door to door rep who helped sign me up for the new service was a delightful woman who was very professional and incredibly helpful in terms of answering my questions and handling all the phone work and paperwork for me. I’d highly recommend contacting her if you are considering signing up for the service. Her name was Hope Washam. If you are living in the SF Bay Area and want to see if you can get AT&T; fiber at your house drop Hope an email at hopiewasham(at)hotmail.com and she’ll be happy to help sign you up for it.
According to Hope, there are only 60,000 households in the Bay Area that have been greenlit for AT&T; fiber to date, but more will be coming online in the months ahead. Areas where it might be available include Oakland (especially around the Oakland Hills, Montclair, Piedmont), Cupertino, San Jose, the Sunset District in San Francisco, some parts of San Rafael, Concord, San Mateo and a few other areas.
Talk about the best kind of Saturday a guy could have!