University of Houston to Install 1,000 AT&T U-verse Connections in New Residence Hall
Planned Deployment of Cutting-Edge U-verse TV and High Speed Internet Services Is the First for University Housing in the United States
The University of Houston and AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) today announced the nation’s first planned deployment of AT&T U-verseSM services into student housing on a college campus. The cutting-edge TV and high speed Internet services will be included in every room of a 547,000-square-foot residence hall under construction for graduate and professional students.
The Calhoun Lofts, next to the University of Houston’s C.T. Bauer College of Business, will contain more than 700 one- and two-bedroom apartments with 1,000 AT&T U-verse connections, along with 10,000 square feet of retail space. School officials chose Internet Protocol-based television (IPTV) as the next-generation video service best suited for the university’s next-generation living space.
“Outfitting an entire facility with AT&T U-verse keeps with the University of Houston’s forward thinking on technology and the quality of student life,” said Elwyn Lee, vice president for Student Affairs at the University of Houston. “We chose what best represented our vision for the university.”
AT&T is the only national service provider to offer a 100 percent IP-based TV service, making AT&T U-verse TV one of the most advanced television offerings anywhere. Industry analyst firm Stratecast recognized U-verse TV as its 2007 Best Business Strategy.
Texas was the first state in which AT&T U-verse services were deployed, thanks to progressive legislation passed in September 2005 by the Texas Legislature and signed by Gov. Rick Perry. In the Greater Houston area, more than 500,000 living units have the service available just 16 months after it was introduced, and expansion continues.
The university’s new $108 million residence hall broke ground in fall 2007 and is scheduled for completion in 2009. It is one of several projects undertaken as part of the University of Houston’s Master Plan, a framework for development during the next two decades. The school will double the square footage of its buildings (without expanding the overall 550-acre campus) and add another 10,000 students to increase enrollment to 45,000.
“We are delighted that University of Houston students will be able to enjoy the same advanced AT&T U-verse services as an ever-expanding number of consumers across the Houston area,” said Ed Cholerton, AT&T vice president and general manager for the Houston area. “We share the university’s commitment to the best communications and entertainment technology.”
The deployment of next-generation AT&T Advanced TV services, including AT&T U-verse TV, is part of the company’s mission to connect people with their world, everywhere they live and work, and do it better than anyone else.
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