Kansas City is one of the few markets in which Google Fiber is available. Google’s gigabit internet service faces competition from the likes of AT&T which has now chased it into the Kansas City market. AT&T has announced that it is going to offer its GigaPower internet service, promising speeds up to 1 gigabit per second, in parts of Kansas City, Leawood, Lenexa, Olathe and Overland Park.
Apart from the aforementioned areas the gigabit internet service will also be available in certain communities located in the metro area. The carrier also has plans to expand the service to Independence, Mo., and Shawnee, Kan in the future.
AT&T won’t be offering the service to every house and small business in the supported localities. Instead the company will first determine where demand is the strongest and then lay cables in those particular areas.
The company has priced this service to compete directly with Google Fiber. For $70 per month it will provide gigabit internet with a waiver of equipment, installation and activation fees plus a three year price guarantee. With a basic TV package that brings HBO for three years the cost goes up to $120 per month.
For an additional $30 per month customers will be able to get AT&T’s internet-based phone service. That’s a leg up on Google Fiber which doesn’t offer this service but does bring one TB of cloud storage.