AT&T Wants To Bring 1 Gbps Internet Service To 21 Metros

AT&T could be bringing super-fast Internet
service to your area — maybe, at some point in the future. The company announced Monday it’s looking
to expand its U-verse with GigaPower broadband service to 21 metro markets around the country
like Chicago, Dallas and San Francisco, though there’s no word on a timeframe or a cost. The service currently boasts speeds of 300
Megabits per second, though there are plans to bring that up to 1 Gigabit later this year. “Crazy!” “It’s kind of blowing my mind.” The service is currently only available in
Austin, Texas. (Via AT&T) AT&T’s Gigapower rivals Google Fiber, the
Gigabit broadband service the web giant rolled out in 2012. It’s currently available in Kansas
City, Provo, Utah, and, in a few months’ time, Austin. AT&T’s announcement only said it’s eyeing
expanding its service to those 21 metros, so residents shouldn’t get too excited just
yet. The company says it wants to discuss expansion with local governments first. Ars Technica says those talks will likely
mean asking ​”communities to provide expedited permitting and easy access to utility poles
and other infrastructure.” Back when Google first announced its Fiber
service, one of the stated goals was to increase competition in the Internet service provider
market. AT&T says its new foray into Gigabit speeds
had nothing to do with Google, but let’s look at the timing: Monday’s expansion announcement
comes one month after Google said pretty much the same thing. AT&T also managed to beat Google to the punch
in Austin by a few months, even though Google was the first to announce plans to build its
service there. Oh, and there are rumors Google might try
its hand as a wireless provider. Can we call this a rivalry yet? (Via The Information) This kind of high-speed service takes quite
a while to get off the ground, so whether you’re rooting for Google or AT&T, odds are
we won’t see any more cities get Gigabit service from the two companies until at least 2015.

Danny Hutson

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