Earlier today, Google announced that Google Fiber is coming to Austin, Texas. AT&T is going to be launching a gigabit network of their own in Austin, Texas too. We know that Google’s gigabit network is coming in mid-2014, but there is no word about when AT&T’s gigabit network is coming. AT&T provides a fiber to U-Verse with speeds of up to 24Mbps download.
As Google expanded in Kansas City, they started receiving concessions. Time Warner Cable and AT&T were eventually granted similar benefits in Kansas City. The agreements that Google signed with the city of Austin, Texas are not really different than the ones that AT&T and Time Warner signed according to Austin city councilwoman Laura Morrison.
“Most encouraging is the recognition by government officials that policies which eliminate unnecessary regulation, lower costs and speed infrastructure deployment, can be a meaningful catalyst to additional investment in advanced networks which drives employment and economic growth,” stated AT&T chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson.
Is Google worried about competition with AT&T? Not really. Kevin Lo, the general manager of Google Fiber, said that he believes Gigabit speeds are the future of the web. He added that choice and competition is better for users.