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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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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.

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