AT&T Goes After Google With Plans to Bring Gigabit Broadband to 21 New Cities

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When it comes to super-fast gigabit broadband networks, Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is the company you often hear about, thanks to their Google Fiber project. That may not be the case for long, though. On Monday, AT&T (NYSE:T) announced that it’s working to bring its AT&T U-Verse GigaPower fiber network to 21 metropolitan areas.

What’s so great about gigabit Internet? It’s not just faster than the broadband many of us use today — it’s way faster. It offers speeds of up to a gigabit a second, which is roughly 100 times faster than what many broadband customers use today. According to the press release, it’s fast enough to “download an HD online movie in less than 36 seconds, download 25 songs in one second, and download your favorite TV show in less than 3 seconds.”

Currently, only two cities in the country have gigabit Internet service. AT&T offers its version of it in Austin, while Google offers Google Fiber in Kansas City. Google has previously announced plans to expand to 12 more cities, and is considering an additional 34 cities.

The full list of cities AT&T hopes to bring its fiber network to is as follows: Atlanta, Augusta, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale, Greensboro, Houston, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, Oakland, Orlando, San Antonio, San Diego, St. Louis, San Francisco, and San Jose. AT&T had previously announced plans to bring the service to Austin, Dallas, Raleigh-Durham, and Winston-Salem.

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