AUSTIN (AP) — AT&T Inc. will challenge Google Fiber by offering Austin residents the same ultra-fast Internet connection that the search giant plans to roll out in 2014.
AT&T announced Tuesday that it will deliver "gigabit" speeds to some Austin neighborhoods starting in 2014.
Gigabit speeds are 100 times faster than what is currently available through most broadband providers.
Google picked Austin earlier this year as only the second city in the country to be wired with Google Fiber.
AT&T has not yet announced pricing for its U-Verse with GigaPower plan. Google Fiber is currently only up and running in Kansas City, where residents pay $70 a month.
AT&T said that in December, they will initially feature speeds of up to 300 Mbps but they expect to reach 1 Gigabit per second by mid-2014.
Customers who sign-up for 300 Mbps service will be able to upgrade to the 1 Gigabit service in mid-2014 at no extra cost.
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