Dewhirst Opts for AT&T U-verse for Knoxville Apartments

  • AT&T
  • AT&T Connected Communities
  • Dewhirst Properties
KNOXVILLE, TN - AT&T and Dewhirst Properties, a redeveloper of historic structures in downtown Knoxville, announced an agreement to offer AT&T U-verse services over a fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network to a new multi-dwelling apartment community that will service more than 70 residents at West Jackson Row Apartments in Knoxville.

AT&T's Project VIP includes a plan to expand and enhance AT&T's wireline IP network to approximately 57 million customer locations in its wireline service area by year-end 2015. The Project VIP plan includes an upgrade for U-verse high-speed Internet to speeds of up to 100 Mbps over the next several years.

With the agreement, AT&T will offer IP-based AT&T U-verse TV, U-verse High Speed Internet and U-verse Voice on an advanced 100 percent fiber network to designated units within West Jackson Row Apartments. AT&T U-verse offers some of the most dynamic and application-rich services available today, with advanced capabilities that customers don't get from other providers.

This initiative with West Jackson Row Apartments is part of the AT&T Connected Communities program - a strategic marketing initiative between AT&T and regional or national single-family builders, developers, real estate investment trusts, apartment ownership and management groups, and HOA's to provide next-generation communications and entertainment solutions to residents and home buyers.

"This agreement with AT&T gives us a distinct advantage over other properties downtown, while also boosting the value of the apartments we offer here," said David Dewhirst, developer, West Jackson Row Apartments. "As a matter of fact, this is an improvement over our satellite TV service we offer at our other properties and now we're able to meet the varying technological demands of our residents in an easy, turnkey way."

AT&T's $175 Million Knoxville Investment
AT&T invested more than $175 million in its Knoxville area wireless and wireline networks from 2010 through 2012, with a focus on expanding 4G LTE mobile Internet coverage and enhancing the overall performance of its networks. AT&T U-verse services, which are all delivered over AT&T's advanced IP network, offer an alternative to cable with broadband, TV, home phone and AT&T wireless services.

"Through this arrangement with AT&T, Dewhirst Properties will be meeting the demands of new downtown Knoxville residents by offering the latest technology at their property," said Michele Hummel, director of Downtown Knoxville's Central Business Improvement District. "One of the many reasons that people choose to live in the center city is for convenience. Being able to move into a property that has turnkey U-verse TV and High Speed Internet service plays right into this desire, and offers the perfect complement to the numerous amenities of downtown living."

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