AT&T (NYSE: T) is now offering its service as well as high-speed Internet service in the Queen City and Gastonia areas.

AT&T announced the availability on Monday. Pricing starts at around $44 per month.

There’s no word yet when U-verse might be made available in the Triangle or other Bell South coverage areas in North Carolina.

U-verse includes more than 75 high-definition channels as well as digital video-recording capability.

AT&T is positioning the service as an alternative to cable and satellite TV services. The North Carolina General Assembly helped open the way for AT&T to offer the TV service in 2006 when it passed the Video Service Competition Act

"Cable has been the only game in town for too long," said Bob Sellman, general manager, Home Solutions, for AT&T in the Carolinas, in a statement. "We know Charlotte customers want a better choice to break free from cable, and AT&T U-verse TV is the answer. We’re offering an extensive channel lineup, unmatched features and the latest technology, all at a competitive price and great value. It’s all about delivering a better TV experience."

AT&T’s high-speed Internet service comes in a variety of offerings:

  • Max 18: Downstream speeds up to 18.0 megabits (Mbps), upstream speeds up to 1.5 Mbps
  • Max: Downstream speeds up to 10.0 Mbps, upstream speeds up to 1.5 Mbps
  • Elite: Downstream speeds up to 6.0 Mbps, upstream speeds up to 1.0 Mbps
  • Pro: Downstream speeds up to 3.0 Mbps, upstream speeds up to 1.0 Mbps
  • Express: Downstream speeds up to 1.5 Mbps, upstream speeds up to 1.0 Mbps