If you want Gigabit fiber in your town and have not managed to convince Google to open up shop, there is a second company that is taking "suggestions" on where to set up that type of superfast broadband: AT&T, which announced on Tuesday that U-Verse Gigabit fiber was coming to Austin, Texas.
There's perhaps competition involved in the move: Earlier, Google said its Google Fiber Gigabit service would come to Austin, Texas, in mid-2014. AT&T hopes to beat Google to the punch; it said its AT&T U-verse with GigaPower service will launch in Austin on Dec. 1.
It won't really beat Google, though. The Gigapower service will launch with symmetric 300Mbps speed. By the middle of 2014 AT&T said its GigaPower service will have a symmetrical Gigabit connection. That timeframe is strangely coincdiental, isn't it?
There was no word on pricing or whether the data will be capped.
At the same time, AT&T's website (linked above) allows Austin consumers to nominate their own neighborhood for special attention by the company.
In a press release, Dave Nichols, President -- AT&T Texas said:
Austin embodies innovation and social consciousness, and is the heart of a vibrant, ever-evolving tech culture and entrepreneurial spirit. With our all-fiber U-verse services, we are building the foundation for a new wave of innovation for Austin's consumers, businesses, and civic and educational institutions.
It's about engaging the full community and empowering the city and its people with all that technology can offer us. This investment will help attract new business and new jobs to Austin.
AT&T said that further details on U-verse with GigaPower pricing and availability would be announced closer to the December launch.