Economic Impact of AT&T Fiber

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - "I think it's a huge economic impact for our state because it opens up so many doors for entrepreneurship," Mayor Tommy Battle said.

AT & T is currently on track to have their 100 percent fiber network in 12.5 million locations before 2020 in the United States. Gary Bolton is the vp of global marketing at Adtran. He said fiber is just something everyone will eventually want.

"When millennials and people start buying homes they're going to want high-speed services available," Bolton said.

He said a lot of developers are now installing homes with fiber to increase their  worth. He said home values go up 3.1 percent if you have gigabyte services. Mayor Battle said fiber will also be a good recruitment tool to get new businesses to the area.

"It makes people recognize that Huntsville is a smart place, a technological place. That's one of the things we sell every time we sell to a company coming in," Mayor Battle said.