To those who've been waiting for more options for high-speed Internet and television service in the Bull City, who've (like me) sat eager to hear more about FiOS rumors, and other reports pointing to 21st century communication technologies in Durham -- your day has arrived.
The N&O heralds the arrival of U-Verse fiber optic service in the Triangle, and notes that the new, new AT&T will start offering the service in Raleigh, Cary, and Garner as well as Durham and Chapel Hill. The inclusion of Durham comes as a wee bit of a surprise, given that the telco doesn't have a tremendous presence in Durham County's old GTE territory.
The catch, naturally, is that the service is only available in select neighborhoods, and AT&T isn't exactly putting out a big map of coverage areas, the N&O says, out of a fear that Time Warner will try to undercut the new competition by offering U-Verse-ready homes big discounts if they lock into a long-term service contract.
You can search AT&T's web site to see if your address is covered. Chez BCR on Duke St. isn't; we checked the addresses of Durham's City Council and BOCC members, and none of theirs are, either. (So sorry, Councilman Brown; no HGTV-HD for you, unless you're stuck with TWC.)
Or, look for boxes like this one at right to be appearing on your telephone pole, or their supersized ground-level versions to pop up in somebody's shrubbery. (Heck, there's a blog for everything -- even those who hate these boxes.)
If yours is, post your subdivision or neighborhood name in the comments field.