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Google made the same announcement today

Google isn't the only one speeding up internet access in the Lone Star state. AT&T has announced that it will build a 1 gigabit fiber network in Austin, Texas as well. 

AT&T will deliver speeds up to 1 gigabit per second in Austin as part of its Project VIP expansion of broadband access. 

“Most encouraging is the recognition by government officials that policies which eliminate unnecessary regulation, lower costs and speed infrastructure deployment, can be a meaningful catalyst to additional investment in advanced networks which drives employment and economic growth,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO. 

It is unclear exactly when the faster speeds will launch in the city. 

Before AT&T broke its news, Google confirmed its plans to bring Google Fiber to Austin

"Our goal is to start connecting homes in Austin by mid-2014," said Google. "Customers there will have a similar choice of products as our customers in Kansas City: Gigabit Internet or Gigabit Internet plus our Google Fiber TV service with nearly 200 HD TV channels. We’re still working out pricing details, but we expect them to be roughly similar to Kansas City.

"Also, as in Kansas City, we’re going to offer customers a free Internet connection at 5 mbps for 7 years, provided they pay a one-time construction fee. We’re also planning to connect many public institutions as we build in Austin— schools, hospitals, community centers, etc. — at a gigabit for no charge."

Source: AT&T

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Bring it on
By jjlj on 4/9/2013 4:16:04 PM , Rating: 2
In Austin I have a 15X2 or 15X3 commercial cable internet connection from TimeWarner Cable with 5 static IP addresses and pay almost $350 a month.

In Houston I have a 35X6 commercial cable internet connection From Comcast with 5 static IP's and pay $120 a month.


RE: Bring it on
By CowKing on 4/9/2013 4:19:15 PM , Rating: 2
I live just south of Minneapolis and I pay $60 for 20 down/5 up, or I could upgrade to 40/20 for $75

It's pretty crazy.

RE: Bring it on
By jjlj on 4/9/2013 4:20:46 PM , Rating: 2
For business or residential?

RE: Bring it on
By heffeque on 4/9/2013 5:11:24 PM , Rating: 2
Wow... most towns in Spain get VDSL2 30/3.5 + cellphone SIM for 42 €/month. And I thought that it was expensive compared to Northern Europe but... heck, in the States internet is SCARY expensive.

RE: Bring it on
By kmmatney on 4/9/2013 6:49:38 PM , Rating: 2
It's not as good as Europe, but getting better over here. If you commit for a year, you can get VDSL2 40/20 at my house in Colorado for $50/mo. No SIM card, but pretty good for how fast it is.

RE: Bring it on
By Nyu on 4/9/2013 7:02:06 PM , Rating: 2
Not really, 10/0.8 for 50 euro ($65), just for DSL.

RE: Bring it on
By heffeque on 4/9/2013 9:54:25 PM , Rating: 2
Just wanted to point out that more than half of Spain's population has access to 100 Mbps connections. Obviously not the other half, where 10 Mbps costs a bit more than it should.

RE: Bring it on
By ShieTar on 4/10/2013 4:02:31 AM , Rating: 2
I'm sure the immense size of the US and the very low population density drive up the cost for most areas. I'm sure a train-ride from coast to coast is also more expensive in the US than it is in Spain.

Also, the speed alone is not everything. I get a 50/10 VDSL line for 40€ here in Germany, but now T-Com is changing the contracts to read "no more than 75 GByte per month, unless it is content sold by T-Com or its partners". They are not enforcing it yet on my old contract, but according to c't magazine they are planning to. Sadly, the only real alternative would be bundled to cable TV, and only comes with a lousy 384kbit upstream.

RE: Bring it on
By BRB29 on 4/10/2013 7:44:43 AM , Rating: 2
size and low population density is a factor but most of the cause was because of Time Warner using its monopoly power to do nothing for many years. It wasn't long ago that if you wanted anything faster than 56k, Time Warner was your only choice. The government had to force Time Warner to lease some of its network for other ISP to exist.

RE: Bring it on
By Salisme on 4/10/2013 8:08:04 AM , Rating: 4
I hear this argument a lot, and it does not explain why major metropolis areas are not getting faster internet speeds like what google is doing. You would think having to run one line to a building and get 500 connections in a major city would be a wet dream of any provider.

I do believe it is more of a monopoly issue and as long as there is no competition there is no need to upgrade.

RE: Bring it on
By ShieTar on 4/10/2013 9:59:44 AM , Rating: 2
Interesting. In that case, there is a difference between the US and the German problems. We also have a bit of troubles with the Quasi-Monopoly of T-Com over here, but mainly the people in small villages are suffering, because the companies refuse to build 20 Km of cable just to connect 10 Houses. Connection in bigger cities (>100k population) is quiet good, with at least 16 MBit DSL available for pretty much everybody there.

RE: Bring it on
By BRB29 on 4/10/2013 2:58:08 PM , Rating: 2
There's a lot of problems with entering a major metropolitan area.

1. Cost
2. Politics
3. Competition
4. Lack of experience

Kansas was first and now Austin. Google will get into bigger and bigger cities. They are starting on a smaller scale to get experience as this is a completely new market for them.

RE: Bring it on
By LSUJester on 4/9/2013 4:19:50 PM , Rating: 2
I hate Time Warner. Unfortunately, where I am in San Antonio, the only other choice is satellite.

RE: Bring it on
By Labotomizer on 4/9/2013 4:44:54 PM , Rating: 2
Fellow San Antonio resident here. U-Verse is an option, but a poor one. And then there is Grande if you're outside of 1604. That's actually a great option. Unfortunately not for me.

Coming from Houston last year I took a huge hit in speed with TWC. And much less reliable.

RE: Bring it on
By HostileEffect on 4/9/2013 4:33:29 PM , Rating: 2
I got TWC oceanic out on Oahu, Hawaii, and I pay about 85$ a month for 50Mbit down, about 10Mbit up and I get 4Megs down on a good day.

15Mbit by 2Mbit @ 350$? Your getting jipped bro..

Then again this is Hawaii, everything is chilled out here except for the natives. I'll keep my opinion of them to myself though.

RE: Bring it on
By Cheesew1z69 on 4/9/2013 4:46:15 PM , Rating: 2
He also has commercial service, which most likely includes a beefed up SLA and faster turn around on repairs/issues. I could be wrong though.

RE: Bring it on
By jjlj on 4/9/2013 9:27:24 PM , Rating: 2
Yep, if the modem is broken they will come out in 2 hours and replace it. As far as speed sla, I'm not sure. It's been pretty reliable so I've never had to complain about speed.

I know I am getting ripped off for the internet in austin but we need static IP addresses and the faster download speed. They offer 50X5 or close to that but it's almost $500 a month if I remember correctly.

RE: Bring it on
By HostileEffect on 4/10/2013 1:10:58 AM , Rating: 2
I thought this was a tech board, who doesn't have boxes full of redundant hardware? My residence is on the other side of the world and I still manage to keep a few routers, cables, and techno-gadgets.

RE: Bring it on
By jjlj on 4/10/2013 10:09:13 AM , Rating: 2
This is a remote office with no IT personal. I would spend more time on the phone and pulling my hair out trying to tell the person there how to replace the modem than I would simply calling in a service request!

RE: Bring it on
By jjlj on 4/10/2013 10:14:48 AM , Rating: 2
I forgot on detail. You can't use your own modem with a commercial internet connection with static IP addresses. That is true with Time Warner cable and Comcast. You have to use theirs and I'm not sure that they will just give you a spare. In my Houston office the Comcast cable connection is a backup to our fiber Ethernet connection.

RE: Bring it on
By Ammohunt on 4/9/2013 5:38:21 PM , Rating: 2
Don't speak Pigin Braddah?

Monopoly broken
By tayb on 4/9/2013 6:02:48 PM , Rating: 5
Thank you Google for helping break the monopoly. For decades AT&T and TWC have been abusing their market positions to overprice and under deliver. Someone comes along and threatens to punch them in the mouth and suddenly things start to change.

It makes you what wonder all the blowhards were thinking when saying 'We don't need to break up big cable, it isn't a monopoly.' REALLY?

RE: Monopoly broken
By Cheesew1z69 on 4/9/2013 6:45:53 PM , Rating: 2
For 99 percent of the country, there is still a monopoly and Google fiber will do nothing for their location unless it gets deployed there and the chances of that are almost nil.

RE: Monopoly broken
By Noonecares on 4/9/2013 7:40:34 PM , Rating: 2
Now taking bets that AT&T will try to take legal action against Google for some reason or another. They will find a path through the corrupt legal jungle we call laws.

RE: Monopoly broken
By BRB29 on 4/10/2013 3:03:28 PM , Rating: 2
AT&T is just saying me too. I don't think they offer it for $70 like google because they would have to lower their price for other parts of the country.

What started to really break up the TW and ATT monopoly was Verizon Fios. Not only did they offer faster/better service, they laid down fiber optics lines across multiple cities much faster than the TWATT alliance anticipated.

Comcast also have high speed packages but their services sucks.

Too bad Verizon just signed an agreement with Comcast.

RE: Monopoly broken
By Cheesew1z69 on 4/10/2013 4:31:29 PM , Rating: 1
I don't think they are going to offer it at all.

By LSUJester on 4/9/2013 4:16:50 PM , Rating: 3
I wonder if AT&T will try to match Google's pricing? If they did this without the competition, they'd likely charge $150 a month for it.

RE: Price?
By Rukkian on 4/9/2013 4:45:11 PM , Rating: 5
Probably more like $150 a week.

RE: Price?
By Cheesew1z69 on 4/10/2013 11:16:50 AM , Rating: 1
I wonder if AT&T will try to match Google's pricing?
Sarcasm? This is ATT you are talking about.

That's NOT what ATT said!
By thethirdshoe on 4/9/2013 10:51:07 PM , Rating: 2
"it is prepared to build an advanced fiber optic infrastructure in Austin, Texas"

ATT is PREPARED to blah, blah, blah!

They did not say they are going to do it. It's just BS that suckered in "journalists" that have a very low score on READING COMPREHENSION.

Folks, please try and keep these people on their toes.

DailyTech -- fix the misleading article. Thanks.

RE: That's NOT what ATT said!
By iamkyle on 4/10/2013 12:21:33 AM , Rating: 3
It's just easier to avoid any article written by Tiffany Kaiser.

By wwwcd on 4/10/2013 5:11:13 AM , Rating: 2
In Bugaria 1Gb/s on copper or fiber is something ordinary. We have network and on split of many 10Gb/s connections and soon will make 100GbE ring. In USA this is brand new. USA is in tecknology regres. They stay in stone age. Your greath oligarh and monopol companies make you for fool ang give many of your money for rubbish or for nothing ;)

By ShieTar on 4/10/2013 6:40:16 AM , Rating: 2
I'm sure you meant Bulgaria, and Mb/s instead of Gb/s, and I am rather sure that nobody plans to build all of Bulgaria into a ring network, but other than that you actually have a point. Just no understanding of how to type or have a technically useful conversation.

But our big companies (I'm German, but in this regard that's basically the same as the US) do indeed "make us for fool".

On the plus side, all of the Bulgarian Internet is made out of German, French and American hardware, and our engineers are making salaries worth a dozen Bulgarian jobs building them.

By Kyuu on 4/10/2013 5:52:44 AM , Rating: 2
"“Most encouraging is the recognition by government officials that policies which eliminate unnecessary regulation, lower costs and speed infrastructure deployment, can be a meaningful catalyst to additional investment in advanced networks which drives employment and economic growth,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO."

Ha, good one Randall. Yeah, it's totally the relaxing of government regulation of telcos that's enabling AT&T to deploy a high-speed FTTP network WHEN YOU'VE HAD THE CAPABILITY AND CASH TO DO IT FOR WHAT, A DECADE? Nothing to do with Google's gigabit fiber deployment. Nah.

But still, I'm not sure Google's competition is going to be enough to spur a greater movement to provide FTTP connectivity on a scale larger than a couple cities in Texas. Everywhere else is probably going to be left on copper for the next decade or two. Especially when you consider that cities have been successfully prevented from deploying their own fiber with lawsuits from the telcos.

By maugrimtr on 4/10/2013 8:39:48 AM , Rating: 2
It's all part of game. Never mention or even acknowledge your competitor. Do blame your lack of progress on the government. In other words, create your own fake reality and encourage everyone to write about it until it comes true.

Pick another city, AT&T
By mattclary on 4/10/2013 10:12:32 AM , Rating: 2
If they were serious, they would pick another city. Why go head to head when you could have a monopoly in another city?

RE: Pick another city, AT&T
By xti on 4/11/2013 4:33:24 PM , Rating: 2
because Austin is among the fastest growing cities, new center of the tech boom, has a young population, UTexas (HOOK EM)...

and...they google has an office off of Mopac. home field advantage!

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