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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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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.


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