AT&T will announce today plans to create 475 jobs in several communities across Indiana, sinking even more resources into expanding its Internet-based TV service.
Gov. Mitch Daniels will join AT&T Indiana President George Fleetwood in Anderson for the afternoon announcement.
AT&T spokeswoman Molly Cornbleet said the jobs will be for service technicians, responsible for installing U-verse and upgrading the company's fiber-optic network to handle video. U-verse is AT&T's brand of Internet Protocol TV, or IPTV, a method for transmitting television signals over a broadband Internet connection rather than a satellite dish or cable line.
Cornbleet declined to give specifics about which cities will get the jobs or what the U-verse technicians would be paid.
So far this year, AT&T has vowed to create about 1,000 jobs at call centers in Indianapolis and Evansville. Today's announcement will bring that total to nearly 1,500.
As with AT&T's past announcements, Fleetwood is expected to credit last year's passage of key legislation in the Indiana General Assembly as a catalyst for the new jobs.
AT&T has been very slow to roll out services to compete with local TV providers and where it has, you have to bundle the services to get a half way decent rate, which is no better than the over-priced rates already being charged by local cable providers. But as the article notes, the new deregulation law allows telephone companies to raise their local telephone rates. Yes, deregulation equals higher rates for customers, just the opposite of what one would expect in a truly competitive environment.