Lauren K. Ohnesorge
Staff Writer-Triangle Business Journal
The City of Raleigh officially put its stamp of approval on AT&T’s (NYSE: T) plan to bring its “GigaPower” fiber-based internet service here.
Gail Roper, Raleigh’s chief information officer, says the timing is still up in the air. “That would be dependent upon when we finish out all the legal negotiations,” she says, adding that the hope is that things get rolling before the end of the year.
And no, this will have no impact on the city’s ongoing plan to entice Google and its Google Fiber service.
“It’s a separate initiative, she says. “Both will bring high-speed fiber to the region, which we know we need. One does not impact the other.”
And Time Warner Cable (NYSE: T) and other bidders in the North Carolina Next Generation Network – the initiative working with AT&T to bring fiber here – still have a shot at the City of Oaks.
“It is an open market,” she says. “Anyone who wants to enter that market is certainly able to. … We’re excited about the opportunities.”