AT&T is looking to take a page out of Google’s book. According to CNN on Tuesday, the company has announced a plan to roll out high-speed internet networks, similar to Google Fiber, in 100 cities throughout the United States. AT&T U-verse with GigaPower, as the network is called, would provide internet with speeds up to 1 gigabit per second. This speed is 100 times faster than regular internet speeds.
The telecommunications company has already selected several cities it believes would benefit from a network upgrade. These cities include Atlanta, Ga.; St. Louis; San Diego; San Jose; Kansas City, Kan..; Los Angeles; Miami; Nashville; Houston; Oakland, Calif. and others. However, no area is completely guaranteed to receive the upgrade. In each area, it depends what local officials and AT&T can agree on.
The company says they are already starting discussions with local leaders in their intended areas. The requirements for the areas were that each city would have a suitable existing network and there would be a high demand for a service to provide high-speed internet.
AT&T already announced it would install high-speed networks in Dallas and Austin, Tx. It also says that two cities in North Carolina, Winston-Salem and Raleigh-Durham, could be close behind.
Google started their high-speed internet efforts back in 2012. Their service also promises speeds of 1 gigabit per second. The service is available in Provo, Utah; Kansas City, Ks. and there are plans to also offer it in Austin, Tx.
The Kansas City Star reports that when Google Fiber offered their internet in Kansas City, internet providers experienced a customer loss. To perhaps combat this, as well as to be forward-thinking, AT&T is now offering their own product, with the same benefits. However, existing AT&T customers won’t have to go through the hassle of switching to a different internet provider.