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Google Fiber and AT&T Promise Gigabit Internet for Austin

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Austin residents promised gigabit internet from two companies.

Google has details its plans for rolling out its highspeed fiber internet in Austin, Texas. In a blog posting yesterday, the search giant and Austin mayor Lee Leffingwell announced that Austin would be getting Google Fiber. Google went on to describe Austin as a mecca for creativity and entrepreneurialism with a thriving tech community. 

Google says it hopes to start connecting Austin homes by the middle of next year and that it will offer customers a choice of either Gigabit Internet or Gigabit Internet plus Google Fiber TV. The latter would net customers Google's superfast internet as as TV service with 200 HD channels. There's also a third option that will see customers get a free internet connection (5mbps) for seven years. Customers don't have to pay a monthly fee for this connection, but they do have to pay a one-time 'construction fee' at the beginning. Google didn't give specifics on pricing, but the company said it would be similar to the pricing for customers in Kansas City. Right now, Kansas City's Internet + TV package is $120 a month, while the Internet Only package is $70 per month. Customers can avail of free internet if they pay a $300 construction fee.

"Communities that are connected to the Internet grow stronger because there’s greater potential to create jobs, drive economic growth, and help businesses succeed," Google said. "We believe the Internet’s next chapter will be built on gigabit speeds, and we hope this new Google Fiber city will inspire communities across America to think about what ultrafast connectivity could mean for them."

Kansas City, Kansas was the first city to get Google Fiber. Kansas City, Missouri wasn't too far behind. Last month, Google announced plans to expand the program to Olathe, Kansas. Austin, Texas will get it in 2014. However, Google Fiber isn't the only superfast broadband the Austin folks are in for. AT&T has also announced plans to bring gigabit internet to Austin next year. The company made its announcement just a few hours after Google's and AT&T even mentioned the search giant in its press release. 

"Today, AT&T announced that in conjunction with its previously announced Project VIP expansion of broadband access, it is prepared to build an advanced fiber optic infrastructure in Austin, Texas, capable of delivering speeds up to 1 gigabit per second," the company said. "AT&T's expanded fiber plans in Austin anticipate it will be granted the same terms and conditions as Google on issues such as geographic scope of offerings, rights of way, permitting, state licenses and any investment incentives. This expanded investment is not expected to materially alter AT&T's anticipated 2013 capital expenditures."

AT&T didn't offer much in the way of details regarding its own Austin plans, but we imagine it will also be 2014 before we see a roll out. We'll keep you posted one way or the other.

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    patrick47018 , April 10, 2013 1:05 PM
    I want google fiber here in Louisville now...
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    bigdragon , April 10, 2013 1:06 PM
    Hey, look at that! Some real competition for once! I want Google Fiber in the Washington DC area. Maybe then I can get away from the crap slow speeds of Comcast or the constant YouTube throttling of Verizon.
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    bookwormsy , April 10, 2013 1:06 PM
    Oh come on. Come to Cleveland. Or Columbus.
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    dimar , April 10, 2013 1:07 PM
    Google, please come to Canada, Montreal and push Bell and Videotron out of business!!!
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    Xarnac , April 10, 2013 1:19 PM
    Come on! Hook ATL up with something other than comcast :( 
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    turbotong , April 10, 2013 1:24 PM
    So will Google Fiber connect the Apple campus in Austin?
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    slomo4sho , April 10, 2013 1:42 PM
    And to think that I am currently capped at 18Mb/s...
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    dalethepcman , April 10, 2013 1:50 PM
    I'm wondering why AT&T even bothered to make this type of announcement. I know they have no plans of pricing themselves competitively against google. Hopefully Google will continue to expand this project to other cities and show the big ISP's how its done.
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    Anonymous , April 10, 2013 2:16 PM
    Gigabit internet speeds and yet watching YouTube at night will still slow to a crawl.
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    signothorn , April 10, 2013 2:17 PM
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    Oh come on. Come to Cleveland. Or Columbus.


    Absolutely, Time Warner sucks here in Columbus and they just acquired Insight, so they have very little competition. Since they bought Insight, TW's internet speeds have dropped where I live.
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    Anonymous , April 10, 2013 2:17 PM
    Gigabit internet speeds and yet watching YouTube at night will still slow to a crawl. I currently get 110mbs down 12 up with Comcast for $100 a month.
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    TheBigTroll , April 10, 2013 5:36 PM
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    Google, please come to Canada, Montreal and push Bell and Videotron out of business!!!


    aint happening until the goverment removes that crap law that there cant be major compeptition from the big 4 companies. there is a reason that whenever a smaller company tries to get big, they get sued
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    merikafyeah , April 10, 2013 5:48 PM
    Meanwhile, in the rest of the U.S: http://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=0ilMx7k7mso
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    livebriand , April 10, 2013 6:57 PM
    Please Google, come to the SF area (come on, they're based around here, in Mountain View), and free me from the tyrany of Comcast and AT&T (the latter of who only provides 1.5mbps service where I live, but has u-verse literally a mile or two away... wtf?).
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    Dawson Fiberhood , April 10, 2013 7:50 PM
    A group from Austin's South side is starting a movement to bring Google Fiber to Dawson Neighborhood first. They could really use some exposure and invite the media to help. Contact info at dawsonfiberhood blogspot com
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    rutoojinn , April 10, 2013 9:06 PM
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    Hey, look at that! Some real competition for once! I want Google Fiber in the Washington DC area. Maybe then I can get away from the crap slow speeds of Comcast or the constant YouTube throttling of Verizon.


    The hell I have had Verizon for years and I upload like terabytes every month I have yet to experience throttling... Of course cable do shitty practices like throttling and bandwidth cap but I yet to experience or even heard that Verizon do the same.
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    ojas , April 11, 2013 5:00 AM
    So they're (AT&T) are feeling the pressure. Lucky US folks, you. Enjoy your gigabit internet speeds! :D 
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    happyballz , April 11, 2013 8:01 AM
    ATT: "...capable of delivering speeds up to 1 gigabit per second..."
    AKA maybe we will offer it or maybe not... but it is CAPABLE.

    Seems like more bullshit by typical crap ATT-ISP to create hype.

    And saying you will be capable to deliver the service is just like TimeWarner saying they are CAPABLE of delivering fiber to home but at what cost? Last time I checked they wanted more than a few $ for fiber to home a month! I mean it so expensive that they don't even advertise it until you ask. Ridiculousness!

    Unless it is the same reasonable cost as Google's fiber then it is all smoke and mirrors. I mean look at their prices now for ATT's "fiber" U-verse $70 before taxes for measly 24Mbps down and 3-5Mpbs up.

    Don't hold your breath for ATT.
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    Rabin Pro , April 11, 2013 1:22 PM
    intel 3770k system is only 100 bucks more than fx 8350 build. And gtx 7970 is as good as gtx 680. So what we are fighting for here is " Is that 100 buck less really worth it?"
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    Rabin Pro , April 11, 2013 1:24 PM
    here weve got 10mega bytes per secone youtube do to google cache server in NEpal.. but internet speed is capped to 256kbps. 1 mpbs is around 300 dollars per month lol. Google Nepal and you;ll find out
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