AT&T today launched ultra-fast Internet service to residential and small business customers in parts of Garner available through U-verse® with AT&T GigaPowerSM. Service launched today in parts of Clemmons, Holly Springs and Salisbury as well.

U-verse with AT&T GigaPower is already available in parts of Apex, Carrboro, Cary, Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Durham, Gastonia, Greensboro, Huntersville, Morrisville, Raleigh, Winston-Salem, and their surrounding communities.

The new Internet service from AT&T gives customers high speed Internet access. According to the company, customers can download 25 songs in less than 1 second, a TV show in 3 seconds or an HD movie in less than 36 seconds.

“Everyone wants the fastest and strongest Internet,” said Garner Mayor Ronnie Williams in a statement. “High-speed Internet connections improve access to education, health care and employment opportunities. Today’s announcement that AT&T will offer its ultra-fast fiber network in our community is great news for consumers and small businesses.”

U-verse with AT&T GigaPower offers Internet speeds up to 1 gigabit per second. It can improve the experience for customers when connecting to the cloud, doing a videoconference, streaming videos and music, playing online games and more.

“Adding a high-speed Internet option like this will provide a valuable boost to our local efforts – in tourism, education, economic development and other areas,” said Garner Economic Development Director Joe Stallings. “Local residents are hungry for fiber-based technology, and fortunately for us, Mayor Williams and local leaders have created a fertile economic climate ripe for this investment.”

According to the company, the high-speed Internet service is 99.9% reliable.

“Launching today is just one more milestone on the path to providing Garner area consumers and small businesses access to life in the blazing fast lane,” said Robert Doreauk, regional director of External Affairs, AT&T North Carolina in a statement. “We are excited about keeping up that pace as we expand and enhance the AT&T GigaPower network to more locations.”

U-verse with AT&T GigaPower is available in 18 metros today. The success of the first AT&T GigaPower market in Austin, Texas led to a major expansion beginning in 2014. AT&T is continuing to work with local leaders within the 21 state service area who are interested in expanding the availability of the 100% fiber-optic network to consumers and small businesses.

AT&T will continue to roll out its fastest Internet services over its all-fiber network to reach more than 14 million residential and commercial locations, and expects to reach more than 1 million of these locations by the end of the year.

AT&T has invested in North Carolina communications networks, people and local communities for 136 years. Between 2012 through 2014, AT&T invested more than $1.6 billion in its best-in-class wireless and wireline networks in North Carolina, driving a wide range of upgrades to enhance reliability, coverage, speed and performance for residents and business customers. AT&T employs more than 6,700 people across the state.