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Both services are expected to reach 1 gigabit per second by mid-2014

AT&T wants to snag Texan customers away from Google with its own speedy internet service at the end of this year.

AT&T said it is planning to roll out a 300 megabits-per-second service (called AT&T U-verse with GigaPower) in Austin, Texas come December. From there, it plans to increase that speed up to 1 gigabit per second by mid-2014. 

The new AT&T offering will be about seven times faster than the company's current home broadband service, and it will reportedly allow users to download a full HD movie in under two minutes. 

“Austin embodies innovation and social consciousness, and is the heart of a vibrant, ever-evolving tech culture and entrepreneurial spirit," said Dave Nichols, President – AT&T Texas. "With our all-fiber U-verse services, we are building the foundation for a new wave of innovation for Austin's consumers, businesses, and civic and educational institutions.  It's about engaging the full community and empowering the city and its people with all that technology can offer us. This investment will help attract new business and new jobs to Austin."

While Austin will be the first U.S. city to receive AT&T's new service, the company plans to offer it in others over the next few years. 

AT&T's actions are 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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Would pay more for Google
By tayb on 10/1/2013 10:54:09 AM , Rating: 5
I would pay more for Google just to give a big middle finger to AT&T. They would have to undercut Google in price by at least 50% for me to choose their service. Doubt that happens with the greedy anti-consumer fucks at AT&T.

RE: Would pay more for Google
By spamreader1 on 10/1/13, Rating: -1
RE: Would pay more for Google
By tayb on 10/1/2013 11:52:56 AM , Rating: 5
Yeah. Every consumer in America should be mad at AT&T and Verizon. They are trying to turn the internet into a fucking a la carte cable subscription. Want to watch Netflix? Ooooh sorry, that site isn't part of our basic package so you only get 500 kbps to browse there. Upgrade please!

This is literally going on in American courts right now. Everyone should be pissed. These fucks are trying to destroy the internet as we know it.

RE: Would pay more for Google
By mars2k on 10/1/2013 12:15:28 PM , Rating: 2
I’m mad at ATT but not nearly as mad at Time Warner. I would put up with ATT if I could get Unversed. Can’t get Sat because of building orientation so I’m stuck with the dumbest service provided on the planet…TWC.
Ok back to the topic. Unversed coverage is spotty at best, some people have it but it’s not universal in any given area. ATT will most likely role out a small sample area in Austin just to claim the bragging rights then stall the project. I live in Dallas and nobody wants to upgrade distribution just to get obsoleted in a few years. ATT has ditched fiber installation any number of times because they didn’t want to share the pipe with anyone. Let’s hope Google makes a go of it and expands to other places

RE: Would pay more for Google
By amanojaku on 10/1/2013 12:31:02 PM , Rating: 2
TWC service is like dial-up sometimes. The signal goes up, down and all around. And I noticed bandwidth was cut in half sometime in the last three years. Used to get 1MByte downloads, and now it's capped at 400KBytes. The rates went up four dollars, and the modem now has a four dollar rental fee, all in six months.

I think Verizon is offing FiOS in my neighborhood now. I seriously want to switch, but I'm worried because they're the only two options in the neighborhood. And I have bad memories of Verizon DSL. Telephone and cable monopolies suck.

RE: Would pay more for Google
By Freakie on 10/3/2013 12:01:14 AM , Rating: 2
Sounds like you have cable signal issues. You should have a technician come out and check the signal in your house going to your modem and also the signal coming from the street before it gets to the modem. If out on the side of the house is fine but your modem signal isn't, it's a problem with your house. If it's present outside the house right as it enters, then there is a problem with their equipment on the street.

We had this problem with our TWC service once, where our modem signal was spotty and the tech thought it might have been our splitter, but he checked the street just in-case and discovered that the box that services the 100 houses in our neighborhood had a problem. 2 hours later it got fixed (had to call out the guys that handle that kind of work) and our TWC has been smooth ever since.

RE: Would pay more for Google
By xti on 10/1/2013 12:46:26 PM , Rating: 1
google is also offering free basic internet as part of the fiber roll out.

Personally, I can't stand AT&T's internet TV. The need for a box at every TV is also inconvenient when you just wanna have normal cable tv in odd rooms like kitchen or backyard patio.

their "dont download iron man 3" emails were kinda funny tho.

I hope whoever had the ala cart proposal (was it verizon?) where you choose your channels and only pay for that puts just as much pressure on AT&T and TWC as google is.

RE: Would pay more for Google
By xti on 10/1/13, Rating: 0
RE: Would pay more for Google
By TOPDOG01 on 10/1/2013 1:52:55 PM , Rating: 2
One of the happiest days of my life was when I said good-by to AT&T. This greedy company has spent many, many millions to buy politicians in an attempt to control the internet. Americans are, ruthlessly exploited. I appeal to everyone not to subscribe to any of their services. This high speed will not be for the consumer, but instead will be limited to a tiny trickle barely enough to send an e-mail. Only a very naive person would see this as acceptable. Just look at your bill, all the add on charges that they have deduct from your account.Bad business from an UN-American company. please do not use AT&T

RE: Would pay more for Google
By tanjali on 10/1/2013 2:13:43 PM , Rating: 2
Now they want to compete!

it's working
By RjBass on 10/1/2013 11:53:07 AM , Rating: 3
Google said they wanted to spur competition and get the big communication companies to start offering better services when they first began this venture. Looks like their plan is working.

RE: it's working
By XZerg on 10/1/2013 1:57:00 PM , Rating: 1
plan working - cover up the intention to data mine on the users' data with we just want to beef up competition...

a typical scenario in US: choose the lesser evil/bad of the evil/bad choices.

RE: it's working
By Shig on 10/1/2013 2:12:50 PM , Rating: 3
Making a vital infrastructure private is the evil part. The Clinton administration really messed that one up.

Fiber internet should be like the road system or electric grid, everyone should be able to get access to it and everyone should pay into it. High speed internet is not a luxury item, it's vital for economic growth in the 21st century.

RE: it's working
By troysavary on 10/1/2013 4:53:05 PM , Rating: 3
Correct me if I am wrong, but aren't large parts of the toll road system in the US privately owned too? What is wrong with privately owned infrastructure, as long as the people running it for profit are delivering value for the money?

RE: it's working
By Solandri on 10/2/2013 1:51:06 AM , Rating: 2
Roads typically need easements through private property in order to be built. That private property is seized by the government through eminent domain. So you wind up in a situation where the government is forcibly taking property away from citizen A, and giving it to citizen B so he can make money.

The proper way to do it is for the government to retain ownership, but give the private entity a limited time lease to operate the tolls. Same thing with the airwaves. The FCC should've auctioned multi-year leases to the different frequencies, not ownership.

RE: it's working
By bigboxes on 10/2/2013 11:24:03 AM , Rating: 2
I hate toll roads too. Government is abdicating it's responsibilities by not building them themselves. That way we don't have to tax anyone. Just pay more for the use of the roads. And before you say it, it is not more efficient to line some lobbyist pockets and profit off our roads.

If only I could use the speed I have
By troysavary on 10/1/2013 1:56:27 PM , Rating: 2
I've got 180 Mbps fiber, which is great for running Speedtest, but it is rare to find anything that can actually use that bandwidth. Very few places will give me even a quarter of that when I download from their servers. They like to give the speed at which you could download a movie, but good luck finding a server, or even a torrent, that will utilize all that speed.

Not that I am complaining. It still has its perks. The one big benefit is my wife can be watching Netflix, I can have a torrent downloading, the kids can be gaming or watching YouTube vids and I can still surf or game without any of us causing a slowdown for the others.

By LSUJester on 10/1/2013 8:03:48 PM , Rating: 2
To me, that's probably the biggest draw of having that much bandwidth. My TWC internet (I'm in San Antonio, yet have no other choice besides satellite. ATT nor Verizon will service my house.) chugs when multiple things are running. Not to mention just laying down to die for 15-30 mins a day.

Sure they will
By DaveLessnau on 10/1/2013 11:06:37 AM , Rating: 2
Hah! Pull the other ones, they have got bells on. If you really want to see how AT&T's products and services perform, wade through the hundreds of daily horror stories (some of which involve sub-dialup U-Verse speeds) on their Facebook page:

And Yet...
By deltaend on 10/2/2013 2:19:22 AM , Rating: 2
Google will likely route through AT&T's core fabric even if it is "Google" bringing you the fiber vs AT&T. The only difference will be the quality of the network between you and the closest datacenter where the routing occurs.

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