AUSTIN (KXAN/AP) - Internet options for Austinites are on the verge of a rapid expansion, although specifics remain largely unknown.
AT&T announced this week it would deploy a fiber network. It would have a limited launch at first. The company has not yet released specifically where the service, GigaPowerSM, will be available.
AT&T plans to launch a 300 Mbps speed in December and upgrade to 1 Gigabit per second in mid-2014, the same speed as Google Fiber.
Dahna Hull, AT&T's VP/GM for Austin, says at its peak, the speeds will allow a user to download seven songs per second or an HD movie in less than two minutes.
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.
Google plans to start its new Austin service mid-2014. Google also plans a limited, initial launch.
Both Google and AT&T are encouraging potential users of their new service to fill out information online.
Time Warner Cable announced in April that the company started deploying TWC WiFi, a citywide WiFi Hotspot network for its customers in Austin.
TWC announced Thursday that it now offers 900 hotspots in the Austin area and is expecting to grow that number to 1,350 by the end of the year.
Access to the TWC WiFi network is free to Time Warner Cable customers with standard Internet or above, and to Time Warner Cable Business Class Internet customers.
Grande Communications, a smaller service, already offers speeds of 110 Mbps.
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