Randall Stephenson makes an extraordinary claim. "You need this gig speed," adding, "Over the next few years you get 1 gig speeds ubiquitously." Randall, unfortunately, has the same attitude to the truth as the average politician, even when speaking at Goldman Sachs.
AT&T's actual plan doesn't go that far but is remarkable. Some percentage of the country - ?5-15% - will not be covered. The "gig" will be 75 to 300 megabits down, most times and most places. That's not too shabby by any standard and a huge jump over the 5 meg to 25 meg speeds most common on LTE networks.
In wireless, I assume he mostly is planning "Gig LTE." In certain test conditions, that does deliver close to a gig. In the real world, the best analysis available indicates speeds will usually be a quarter gig or less. (Article coming.) But "gigabit" is a magic word so I'm not surprised he's using it. Even 75 megabits to 85-95% of the U.S. is A GOOD THING.