CNET is reporting that Austin residents are finally seeing the 1Gbps internet speeds the company had initially promised back in April 2013. For unspecified reasons, AT&T did not deliver 1Gbps speeds back in April but instead customers had to settle with 300Mbps. Now customers with the GigaPower 300Mbps plan should see that speed increase automatically with no additional charges from AT&T. The 1Gbps plan is going to cost you $70 a month, which is a price point both AT&T and Google are looking to stay at.
In April, AT&T announced it would expand the 1Gbps GigaPower service to up to 100 candidate cities and municipalities across 25 markets nationwide. So far, the company has confirmed its plans to deploy the service in 27 cities across 11 markets. These cities include Raleigh-Durham, Winston-Salem, Greensboro, and Charlotte in North Carolina; Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio in Texas; Nashville, Tenn.; and Overland Park, Kansas. The company said more announcements are on the way.
The network upgrade itself is part AT&T’s Project Velocity IP investment plan, which is designed to expand and enhance the company’s wireless and wireline IP broadband networks, the company said in a statement.
The $70 price tag for the service does come with some strings attached though. Signing up for this deal will allow AT&T to track your data usage and the deal is good for three years. Which means if they decide to raise the price in three years, you can say goodbye to $70 a month. The race is on for control and distribution of Gb internet! What do you think of AT&T’s battle with Google in this space? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.
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