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AT&T plans to continue the rollout to new areas of Austin in 2014, and will even increase its speed up to 1 gigabit per second by mid-2014

AT&T claims to have the fastest Internet service in the west, and starting today, Austin will be the judge of that.

AT&T launched its U-verse all-fiber Internet network with GigaPower in Austin, Texas today, which will deliver initial speeds of 300 megabits-per-second. 

According to AT&T, its new service will offer upstream speeds 20 times faster than what’s available today, and it will reportedly allow users to download a full HD movie in under two minutes. 

AT&T plans to continue the rollout to new areas of Austin in 2014, and will even increase its speed up to 1 gigabit per second by mid-2014.

“Our all-fiber network enables U-verse with GigaPower to give Austinites the fastest speeds available to consumers in the city,” said Dahna Hull, AT&T’s vice president and general manager for Austin. “With U-verse with GigaPower, our customers can download movies and music and navigate, post and interact on the web faster than ever before, and have one of the best TV experiences around. It’s reliable, crazy fast and priced to attract more and more people to give us a try.”

For those who are interested in the service, AT&T said it will offer two U-verse with GigaPower Internet offers: the standard package with Internet speeds up to 300 mbps (download your favorite TV show in less than nine seconds) for $99 per month, and the premier package with Internet speeds up to 300 Mbps (download an HD movie in less than two minutes) for $70 per month. The premier also includes a waiver of equipment, installation and activation fees as well as free HBO/HBO GO for 36 months and HD service for $120 per month. 

AT&T's service is likely in response to Google's planned roll out of Google Fiber in Austin, which is supposed to occur mid-2014 as well. The service -- which is supposed to be 100 times faster than today's average broadband service -- was announced back in April of this year. AT&T announced its plans for a 1 gigabit per second service immediately after. 

Source: AT&T

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Note to Comcast, I will watch ads too
By stm1185 on 12/11/2013 10:17:26 PM , Rating: 2
If you cut my monthly fee from $200 to $120 and increase my net speed from 55mbps to 300mbps with a guarantee of 1000mbps later.

By HostileEffect on 12/12/2013 12:51:11 AM , Rating: 2
I would be happy to just get a 50Mbps connection in more remote areas in Texas. I'm downright spoiled by 50Mbps during my time in Hawaii... I filled up a 4TB external with... stuff.

RE: Note to Comcast, I will watch ads too
By kingmotley on 12/12/2013 3:20:22 AM , Rating: 2
Did you read the 200GB/month fine print?

By kyuuketsuki on 12/12/2013 4:27:49 AM , Rating: 2
There is no such small print in the source article. U-verse internet does have a 250GB data cap (not 200), but it isn't clear whether or not this service is subject to that cap. Regardless, AT&T has never enforced that cap as far as I'm aware.

I'm against data caps in general, btw, so my aim here isn't to defend AT&T in any way.

By kyuuketsuki on 12/12/2013 4:34:10 AM , Rating: 2
Checked out the small print on AT&T's website. The data cap for the GigaPower service is 1TB a month.

Not price competitive with Google Fiber
By tayb on 12/11/2013 11:51:35 PM , Rating: 2
Google is going to eat AT&T when their fiber is rolled out. Google offers gigabit, unlimited data, 1TB Google Drive, and premium television service with $0 installation cost for $120/month. AT&T is offering seriously reduced speed, no television, no cloud drive, and no television service for $100/month.

Here's hoping Google puts AT&T and Time Warner out of business in Austin.

RE: Not price competitive with Google Fiber
By kmmatney on 12/12/2013 12:47:15 AM , Rating: 2
AT&T is also offering internet and TV for $120. Its clearer in the source article.

By tayb on 12/12/2013 9:07:50 AM , Rating: 2
It's clearer that they are offering television but the prices aren't clear and they don't make a lot of sense.

Premier is $70 for 300 Mbps. Standard is $99 for 300 Mbps. With premier you can pay even more if you want television though the exact pricing is not clear.

"upstream speeds 20 times faster"
By SignalPST on 12/11/2013 8:01:25 PM , Rating: 2
What exactly will the upload speed be?

By kyuuketsuki on 12/12/2013 4:54:27 AM , Rating: 2
It's weird, AT&T doesn't explicitly list the upstream speed anywhere that I can find. I can only assume some marketing yahoo decided it shouldn't be listed due to it not being as big a number or something.

Assuming they mean 20 times faster than what U-verse normally offers, it could be around 60Mbps if they're basing it on the 24/3 service tier. That's just a guess though.

This is a bit confusing
By BifurcatedBoat on 12/11/2013 8:09:10 PM , Rating: 2
The speeds listed are the same, and the lesser internet costs more?

RE: This is a bit confusing
By kyuuketsuki on 12/12/2013 4:29:52 AM , Rating: 2
Ms. Kaiser didn't explain the reason, but its clear in the source article. Premier is cheaper because it requires opting in to AT&T's targeted advertising and data collection program.

to bad major cities wont ever see it
By KOOLTIME on 12/12/2013 2:42:27 AM , Rating: 2
A major city wont see it any time soon.

Austin maybe a billion to do, a big area like los angeles county with multiple cities in it, goes into trillion dollar range for cost.

Alot of it is the cities particular physical lay out, some are easier to do then others. Running cables over mountains and crossing rivers and other natural things that are expensive to do.

Replacement wires on old telephone poles so every home gets the upgrade is 100's of thousands of miles of cables in large cities, that kinda money is not there for anyone company to do alone.

By kyuuketsuki on 12/12/2013 5:06:12 AM , Rating: 2
The cost has nothing to do with running lines over rivers and under mountains or whatever. Its not about running trunk lines. It's just the last mile to the premises. In any area with FTTN U-verse service (which is pretty prolific), AT&T already has fiber to within 3000 feet of most homes. It's that last mile that is expensive to install.

Austin is getting it for two reasons: to counter Google Fiber, and because AT&T is headquartered in Texas. You would be correct to say that other areas aren't likely to see it in the near future, since there isn't widespread pressure from Google Fiber or municipal fiber projects yet.

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