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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?

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