AT&T To Bring 300Mbps Fiber To Austin

Austin, Texas seems to be the new place to be if you are interested in a blazing fast Internet connection as AT&T has announced plans to deploy fiber in the city that will ultimately provide speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second.

Known as GigaPower, the service will be an extension of AT&T’s existing U-verse program. At launch, it will be limited to 300 Mbps on the upstream and downstream which is said to be the fastest available to consumers from any Austin broadband provider.

GigaPower will initially reach tens of thousands of customers throughout Austin and the surrounding areas later this year. Those that sign up for the 300 Mbps service will be upgraded to speeds up to 1 gigabit per second at no extra cost when it becomes available in mid-2014.

Dave Nichols, President of AT&T Texas, said Austin embodies innovation and social consciousness and is the heart of a vibrant, ever-evolving tech culture and entrepreneurial spirit. With their all-fiber U-verse services, they are building the foundation for a new wave of innovation for Austin’s consumers, businesses and civic and educational institutions, he said.

Google Fiber is already available in Kansas City, and Google is now running ads for the service in Provo, Utah, where it will launch in mid-October. The service has generated a lot of buzz, and AT&T is hoping that it can overcome some of this in Austin by coming out first.

The fee for Google Fiber is $70 per month for Internet service and $120 per month with a TV bundle. For comparison, Verizon’s 500 megabit-per-second service is only available for homes in a phone and TV package for $309.99 per month.

Google may have an advantage with Fiber by starting from scratch and installing a brand new fiber optic network. This allows all Fiber customers to experience the same speeds. AT&T will instead by tapping into an existing network of fiber optics and copper lines, meaning that not everyone will get the same speed.

AT&T said this is just the start of its super high-speed services, but did not state where it plans to go next.

Thank you TechSpot and IBTimes for providing us with this information.

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AT&T ‘Promises’ To Bring 1 Gbps To Austin after Google’s Official Announcement


Google Fiber’s implementation in Austin was recently announced, but AT&T has decided to follow Google with the 1 Gbps connection PR bandwagon. AT&T has put up their press release where they say that they are prepared to offer advanced fiber optic which can provide 1 Gbps.

AT&T further added the following statement “Today, AT&T announced that in conjunction with its previously announced Project VIP expansion of broadband access, it is prepared to build an advanced fiber optic infrastructure in Austin, Texas, capable of delivering speeds up to 1 gigabit per second. AT&T’s expanded fiber plans in Austin anticipate it will be granted the same terms and conditions as Google on issues such as geographic scope of offerings, rights of way, permitting, state licenses and any investment incentives.”

One will be skeptical, but one would expect at the very least that AT&T may offer few FTTH (Fiber to the home) to a selected number of users- or maybe do offer actual fiber to many of its home users, but it won’t be surprising if the network provider decides to cap these lines as AT&T is well-known to do for a very long time. There’s a questionable remark by the company on the press release where it said that upgrades are “not expected to materially alter AT&T’s anticipated 2013 capital expenditures.” Its not possible to have a network infrastructure with a fiber unless one spends money, therefore this should be some form of expenditure.

However AT&T so far has plans which has problems to keep up with cable, let alone fiber. Its been found that AT&T is barely able to provide 5 Mbps connection to many of their customers. To add further, AT&T is mostly concentrating on wireless internet access and large investor returns. So many would see this attempt by AT&T and their promise to provide 1 Gbps fiber connection at the time when Google is offering the same nothing more than hitch-hiking Google’s thunder and PR impact, which could affect AT&T’s DSL customers .

Source: DSL Reports