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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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By Kyuu on 4/10/2013 5:52:44 AM , Rating: 2
"“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."

Ha, good one Randall. Yeah, it's totally the relaxing of government regulation of telcos that's enabling AT&T to deploy a high-speed FTTP network WHEN YOU'VE HAD THE CAPABILITY AND CASH TO DO IT FOR WHAT, A DECADE? Nothing to do with Google's gigabit fiber deployment. Nah.

But still, I'm not sure Google's competition is going to be enough to spur a greater movement to provide FTTP connectivity on a scale larger than a couple cities in Texas. Everywhere else is probably going to be left on copper for the next decade or two. Especially when you consider that cities have been successfully prevented from deploying their own fiber with lawsuits from the telcos.




By maugrimtr on 4/10/2013 8:39:48 AM , Rating: 2
It's all part of game. Never mention or even acknowledge your competitor. Do blame your lack of progress on the government. In other words, create your own fake reality and encourage everyone to write about it until it comes true.


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