If AT&T gets its way, Montgomery County residents in Alabama will have one more option for high speed internet, digital TV, and VoIP. The telecom giant is currently in negotiations with Montgomery County officials to build out its network into the region, so it can start delivering cable, internet, and home phone services to the area.
The residents of Montgomery are currently being served by Charter Communications, WOW, and a few satellite companies. Though city officials and residents are excited about AT&T expanding its service territory, the current cable and satellite providers are wondering how they can effectively compete with the largest telecom in the nation.
There are at least 130 cities and towns in Alabama that have access to AT&T U-verse. Montgomery is one of the last counties in the state that still doesn’t have access, though hopefully that should change in a few weeks or months.
More competition is always good for consumers, since it encourages more affordable pricing and increased package benefits. With at least several providers to choose from, it’s easier for consumers to get better deals and terms from their cable or satellite provider. However, some towns and counties have a hard time attracting cable and satellite providers because of several factors. Rural areas are usually underdeveloped, and many major cable and satellite companies don’t want to make the investment in building out their networks to serve the residents. A perceived lack of demand and a preponderance of low-income residents may also make providers hesitant about expanding their service territories.
So far, no official date has been set for the launch of U-verse services in Montgomery.