More television and high-speed Internet service options have come to the Aiken area, as AT&T launches its new service called U-verse.


The U-verse service includes high-speed Internet and U-verse voice in the area, according to a press release.


These new services are part of AT&T's Project Velocity IP, helping to expand and enhance services in the company's data network. In the next few months, AT&T will continue adding U-verse to additional cities and neighborhoods.


Sen. Tom Young, R-Aiken, said in a press release, for some time he's believed the state's future growth and property depends upon residents having access to expanded technologies.


“This announcement brings Aiken County consumers more choices and innovative new services to choose from for their phone, Internet and video preferences,” Young said.


AT&T's U-Verse TV is all digital and uses the company's advanced network. Aiken customers will now have the opportunity to watch their favorite TV shows from almost anywhere – either at home or on the go. With this new service, customers would be able to watch shows in any room of the house. Without a TV, customers can still watch all their favorite programming on their mobile device and online, and also manage DVR recordings remotely with the ability to select four chancels at once with “My Multiview.”


Other options with this new service include a broader HD channel, On Demand lineup and the ability to access social network sites through the TV. The service offers wireless home networking capabilities for all Internet customers and access to Wi-Fi hot spots at no extra charge.


Customers who sign up today through April 14 may qualify for a $100 reward card, and bundle offers may also be available. There are various bundles and savings that AT&T offers for U-verse capabilities, including the ability to bundle wireless. Depending on what services a customer would like, packages range from $19 per month to TV, Internet and phone for $94 per month for 24 months.


“The availably of cutting-edge communication technology is a tremendous asset that will not only benefit individual consumers, but will also stimulate economic growth and development, especially in a global economy,” Aiken County Council Chairman Ronnie Young said in a press release.


For more information about AT&T U-verse or neighborhood availability or prices, visit www.att.com/uverse.


Maayan Schechter is the local government reporter with Aiken Standard. Follow her on Twitter @MaayanSchechter.