AT&T will deploy its ultra high-speed Internet service in Austin,
Texas in December - a direct shot at Google, which announced earlier
this year that it would bring gigabit broadband Internet service to
Austin in mid-2014.
AT&T said its service "will initially reach tens of thousands of
customer locations" in and around Austin. Service will reach more
households in 2014, AT&T said.
Google says its Fiber service is about 100 times faster than most
American users' current Internet speeds.
AT&T will also not actually offer 1 gigabit Internet speeds until
mid-2014, which is the same time frame Google has set for its launch
in Austin. At launch in December, AT&T's service will provide speeds
up to only 300 megabits per second.