AT&T has announced today that it has begun deployment of 100 percent fiber internet broadband network in Austin. As a result, Austin residents who opt for AT&T’s fiber based internet service will receive speeds of up to 300Mbps by December. AT&T will also be rolling out gigabit internet, offering speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second, though the network won’t go live until mid-2014. The service is called GigaPower.
The company says that its high-speed internet service will initially reach “tens of thousands” of customers throughout Austin this year. Additional local expansion has been planned for next year to reach more neighborhoods and businesses. AT&T wants customers to vote for their neighborhoods to help it identify customer demand and influence which locations should GigaPower be expanded in the future. A&T hasn’t provided any pricing details as of now, it says that more information regarding the service will be provided come December. Google announced earlier this year that its high-speed internet service, Google Fiber, will be coming to Austin in the near future. AT&T is pulling one up on the internet search giant by rolling out its service first in the market, notwithstanding the fact that it will only be able to offer 300Mbps speeds at launch.