AT&T Launches GigaPower in Kansas City, Takes on Google Fiber

Wireless carrier AT&T is making it possible for customers in the Kansas City, Missouri area to download 25 songs in less than one second -- or an HD movie in less than 36 seconds -- with its new U-verse with AT&T GigaPower broadband network that features speeds up to 1 gigabit per second.

We turned to Jeff Kagan, an independent technology analyst, to get his thoughts on GigaPower launching in the Kansas City area. He told us faster Internet speeds are as important to cities, companies and users as spinach is to Popeye.

EUIt supercharges the area and the economy by making it more attractive for companies and individuals to locate there,EU Kagan said. EUMany companies are dipping their toes in this 1 gigabit Internet water, but only two are really taking this new business opportunity very seriously and moving very rapidly. These two companies are AT&T GigaPower and Google Fiber.EU

Will Google Stick It Out?

Indeed, these companies are going head-to-head in Kansas City and beyond. Kagan is waiting and watching to see what competition does to the high-speed Internet marketplace. Having high speed is one point, having competition with high speed is another issue altogether, he said.

EUAT&T GigaPower offers a variety of services with its new rollout. Not only is this ultra-fast Internet service, but it also offers other features like U-verse television service and U-verse Unlimited Voice,EU Kagan said. EUGoogle Fiber offers high-speed Internet. Google also offers a television service, however with fewer channels and features.EU

As Kagan sees it, competition always makes each competitor better and sharper. After all, customers are looking for one reason or another to choose one competitor or another, he noted. Right now, it looks like this AT&T service offers more for the same cost, he said.

EUWe know companies like AT&T have a long-term commitment to...

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