AT&T Apes Google, Also Bringing 1 Gigabit Fiber Network to Austin, Texas
April 9, 2013 3:51 PM
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."
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