AT&T To Launch 1Gbps Fiber Network In Austin, Texas

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If you know much of anything about AT&T, you'd know that Texas is a pretty important state for the company. Austin, in particular, is a stronghold for AT&T, and it just so happened to be invaded by Google this week. You see, Google Fiber is expanding into Austin from Kansas City, but it looks like Google won't be alone down in Texas. AT&T has also announced plans this week to roll out a fiber network to Austin, Texas residents. Once complete, it'll be capable of delivering broadband at 1Gbps -- many, many times faster than DSL and cable offerings.


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. There's no word on what pricing will be offered, nor when it'll be available, but we sure hope this is only the start for AT&T's fiber plans. The country could definitely use more fiberhoods.
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AKnudson replied on Wed, Apr 10 2013 1:22 AM

Finally! The race has begun. After Google rolls out its newest fiberhood, (Faster than AT&T i might add) then the real competition will start. when more ISP's major ones in major cities are encroached on by competing fiber networks, their will be a fiber race not unlike the 3g and 4g LTE race.

The great part is what google is doing with the new roll out of Fiber Networks. A large part of googles incentive to build Fiberhoods is the possibilities available to google as the largest provider as webapps and services. You can bet google has big plans for off site computing.

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This is crap! Just like everything else, AT&T will limit the home user as they do now with data limits. I hate AT&T so much. Google is amazing because they understand that people do not need limit or caps on their data. With the speed of the data, a person can burn through downloads and uploads extremely quickly, as such, I would expect AT&T to keep the same user home data cap the same. Below is a chat I had with an AT&T Rep:

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Hello and welcome to AT&T, my name is Peter G.. I specialize in setting up new phone service, Internet, and Digital TV. Please provide me with the complete address where you would like to connect service.

Peter G.: Hello! How may I assist you today?

Peter G.: Hi. Thank you for considering AT&T as your service provider.

A human: What is AT&T's home internet data limit?

Peter G.: As of May 2, 2011, AT&T's residential DSL High Speed Internet plans will have a usage allowance of 150 Gigabytes ("GB") per month, and its residential U-verse High Speed Internet plans will have a usage allowance of 250 Gigabytes ("GB") per month. The usage allowance is the amount of data you can send and receive each month.

250 gigs? Really? Thats nothing. I host an FTP server from my home, so I always use data. My internet speed is around 1.5 Megs/second, so, if we calculate my max internet usage for a month with 31 days...

60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour, 24 hours in a day, 31 days in a month comes to: 3.8 terabytes of data. If I had AT&T which would limit me to just 150 gigs, because I would never have U-verse, thats only 3.8% of my total potential data usage! This is why I hate AT&T. How dare they limit me as much as that and expect me to do business with them. Verb That.

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Clixxer replied on Wed, Apr 10 2013 1:20 PM

I'm seriously going to have to think about moving down to Austin now. With not one but two gigabit networks to choose from. Austin is gonna blow up with this news considering all the tech companies that are in Austin or in proximity.

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OSunday replied on Wed, Apr 10 2013 8:47 PM

Ahhh good news! Other ISP providers are going to have to step up to gigabit networks to keep their customers bases if they don't want them all to get stolen by Google.

This has been a long time coming for other service providers and with Googles reputation for doing things well and treating customers right, it will be a refreshing trange from the BS that occurs with current ISP's and pricing/plans.

Google is going to make internet service providers begin to provide an actual quality service.

AT&T is probably hoping to not get jumped by Google but I feel like they'll still take over anyways.

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Clixxer replied on Thu, Apr 11 2013 12:22 AM

OSunday:

Ahhh good news! Other ISP providers are going to have to step up to gigabit networks to keep their customers bases if they don't want them all to get stolen by Google.

This has been a long time coming for other service providers and with Googles reputation for doing things well and treating customers right, it will be a refreshing trange from the BS that occurs with current ISP's and pricing/plans.

Google is going to make internet service providers begin to provide an actual quality service.

AT&T is probably hoping to not get jumped by Google but I feel like they'll still take over anyways.

I know AT&T has a pretty big presence in Austin but what im curious is to how this will roll out. Will it be Uverse or something else. I know Uverse is currently capped at 24 down due to how they ran the infrastructure by cutting corners. They run fiber to neighborhood boxes called the VRAD, then use their existing copper infrastructure to go to the house unless it was a new neighborhood they may run fiber further but its very few and far between. 

I also know Time Warner is Dallas has the capabilities to run gigabit but they charge out the #$% for it and is not worth it considering I believe it is only available to business class.

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Brian replied on Thu, Apr 11 2013 1:13 AM

Yep, it'll be great when TWC and AT&T get into the game but then as usual they will outsell the service and you'll never see anything near 1gbps.

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