AT&T Inc. and General Growth Properties have agreed to construct a fiber to the premises (FTTP) network to deliver such services as digital TV, high-speed Internet and voice services to a 20,000-home, master-planned community near Houston.

The agreement will enable AT&T to make Internet protocol-based communications and entertainment services available to the estimated 65,000 residents who will move into Bridgeland, a 10,000-acre residential development currently under construction.

“Many of today’s home buyers are embracing the digital lifestyle and want advanced communications and entertainment options as soon as they move in,” said Ed Cholerton, AT&T vice president and general manager for the Houston area.

According to a press release from the company, research underscores the demand for advanced communications and entertainment services among new homeowners. Some studies show that half of new homebuyers upgrade their entertainment packages and almost 70 percent buy broadband, compared with 38 percent nationwide.

The first Bridgeland model homes are to scheduled to open this summer, with construction of the remaining residential and commercial properties to continue through 2020.     EC