Battle of the Fiber Internet: AT&T GigaPower vs. Google Fiber

Look out Google, AT&T isn't taking your gigabit broadband onslaught lying down. The company has already started deploying a 100 percent fiber Internet broadband network in Austin that promises speeds up to 1 gigabit per second.

In December, AT&T plans to begin delivering U-verse with GigaPower, along with more advanced TV services and features. Initially reaching tens of thousands of customers in the Austin area, the company is planning to roll out the service more broadly in 2014.

"Austin embodies innovation and social consciousness, and is the heart of a vibrant, ever-evolving tech culture and entrepreneurial spirit," said Dave Nichols, president of 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."

AT&T's Big Bid

AT&T plans to reach speeds up to 1 gigabit per second by mid-2014. In April, Google announced that its Google Fiber gigabit Internet service would roll out in Austin at speeds up to 1GBps by mid-2014. And so the race is on.

Google started its campaign in Kansas City, but AT&T chose Texas for its first bid. The December launch will feature speeds of up to 300 Mbps, the fastest upstream and downstream Internet speeds available in the Austin market. AT&T is also promising faster Wi-Fi speeds and the ability to schedule DVR recordings and watch hit TV shows on more than 30 smartphones and tablets, as well as PCs, among other perks.

U-verse with GigaPower complements AT&T's three-year Project Velocity IP investment plan to expand and enhance its wireless and wireline IP broadband networks to support growing customer demand...

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