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AT&T plans to continue the rollout to new areas of Austin in 2014, and will even increase its speed up to 1 gigabit per second by mid-2014

AT&T claims to have the fastest Internet service in the west, and starting today, Austin will be the judge of that.

AT&T launched its U-verse all-fiber Internet network with GigaPower in Austin, Texas today, which will deliver initial speeds of 300 megabits-per-second. 

According to AT&T, its new service will offer upstream speeds 20 times faster than what’s available today, and it will reportedly allow users to download a full HD movie in under two minutes. 

AT&T plans to continue the rollout to new areas of Austin in 2014, and will even increase its speed up to 1 gigabit per second by mid-2014.

“Our all-fiber network enables U-verse with GigaPower to give Austinites the fastest speeds available to consumers in the city,” said Dahna Hull, AT&T’s vice president and general manager for Austin. “With U-verse with GigaPower, our customers can download movies and music and navigate, post and interact on the web faster than ever before, and have one of the best TV experiences around. It’s reliable, crazy fast and priced to attract more and more people to give us a try.”

For those who are interested in the service, AT&T said it will offer two U-verse with GigaPower Internet offers: the standard package with Internet speeds up to 300 mbps (download your favorite TV show in less than nine seconds) for $99 per month, and the premier package with Internet speeds up to 300 Mbps (download an HD movie in less than two minutes) for $70 per month. The premier also includes a waiver of equipment, installation and activation fees as well as free HBO/HBO GO for 36 months and HD service for $120 per month. 

AT&T's service is likely in response to Google's planned roll out of Google Fiber in Austin, which is supposed to occur mid-2014 as well. The service -- which is supposed to be 100 times faster than today's average broadband service -- was announced back in April of this year. AT&T announced its plans for a 1 gigabit per second service immediately after. 

Source: AT&T

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Note to Comcast, I will watch ads too
By stm1185 on 12/11/2013 10:17:26 PM , Rating: 2
If you cut my monthly fee from $200 to $120 and increase my net speed from 55mbps to 300mbps with a guarantee of 1000mbps later.

By HostileEffect on 12/12/2013 12:51:11 AM , Rating: 2
I would be happy to just get a 50Mbps connection in more remote areas in Texas. I'm downright spoiled by 50Mbps during my time in Hawaii... I filled up a 4TB external with... stuff.

RE: Note to Comcast, I will watch ads too
By kingmotley on 12/12/2013 3:20:22 AM , Rating: 2
Did you read the 200GB/month fine print?

By kyuuketsuki on 12/12/2013 4:27:49 AM , Rating: 2
There is no such small print in the source article. U-verse internet does have a 250GB data cap (not 200), but it isn't clear whether or not this service is subject to that cap. Regardless, AT&T has never enforced that cap as far as I'm aware.

I'm against data caps in general, btw, so my aim here isn't to defend AT&T in any way.

By kyuuketsuki on 12/12/2013 4:34:10 AM , Rating: 2
Checked out the small print on AT&T's website. The data cap for the GigaPower service is 1TB a month.

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