AT&T begins 1-gigabit Internet rollout in Austin

Aug 12, 2014
Austin American Statesman

AT&T has flipped the switch on ultra-fast Internet service in Central Texas


Some customers who subscribe to the Dallas-based telecom giant’s U-verse with GigaPower service saw their speeds jump from 300 megabits per second to 1 gigabit on Monday, AT&T said, while others are set to get their promised boosts by mid September


Austin is the first city in the nation where AT&T has rolled out 1-gigabit Internet service. It has subsequently revealed plans to expand to several other cities, including Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio, as well as Nashville, Tenn.; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; and Kansas City, Mo


For competitive reasons, AT&T wouldn’t specify where in Central Texas U-verse with GigaPower speeds have been upgraded so far. It also wouldn’t reveal exactly how many local customers are now getting speeds of up to 1 gigabit


AT&T has previously said U-verse with GigaPower would be available in many parts of Austin, including the Bryker Woods, Cherrywood, French Place, Mueller, Old Enfield and Tarrytown neighborhoods. It has also targeted portions of several other communities, including Bee Cave, Bee Creek, Cedar Park, Jollyville, Lakeway, Leander, Manchaca, Manor, Pflugerville and Round Rock


“This is an exciting day for Internet enthusiasts in the capital city,” AT&T Texas president Dave Nichols said in a written statement. “With the AT&T GigaPower network, the online experience is incredible. Our customers can stream and download video and music faster than ever before. It will change the way they navigate the web, interact with social media, and complete business transactions. Austin and surrounding communities are once again at the forefront of exciting technology innovation.”


AT&T is one of several companies now offering – or planning to offer – ultra-fast Internet in Central Texas


LiveAir Networks already provides speeds of up to 1 gigabit in LaGrange and Smithville, and San Marcos-based Grande Communications rolled out a comparable service in parts of Austin in February


Time Warner Cable, the area’s dominant cable and Internet provider, has offered free speed boosts to many customers in recent months, but hasn’t disclosed plans to offer its own 1-gigabit service


The race to offer blazing fast service in Central Texas was sparked by Google’s decision to bring its 1-gigabit Google Fiber service here. That announcement was made in April 2013


The Internet giant has yet to reveal exactly when this year it will launch Fiber in the Austin area or where it will be available, although a recent American-Statesman review of city permits indicates Google appears to be focusing its efforts in East and South Austin



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