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AT&T promises to match Google Fiber in Austin; details remain vague
- Backing up a statement issued immediately following Google's (GOOG) Austin Fiber announcement, AT&T (T) says it will upgrade its Austin U-verse infrastructure to offer 1Gbps connections to residents.
- AT&T says its service, christened U-verse with GigaPower, will initially offer 300Mbps connections to "tens of thousands of customer locations throughout Austin" in December, and will expand to additional neighborhoods throughout 2014. 1Gbps connections will be offered by mid-2014. Google Fiber is set to launch in Austin in late 2014.
- Two unanswered questions: 1) Will AT&T's pricing match what Google has been charging thus far for Fiber (free 5Mbps connections, $70/month for 1Gbps)? 2) Does AT&T have plans to offer GigaPower (or something similar) in markets where it isn't set to compete against Google?
- AT&T's standard U-verse offerings provide a tiny fraction of the bandwidth promised for GigaPower.