Google is not the only company offering Gigabit internet services, actually, they’re far from it. One of the wireless industry’s most well known brands, AT&T, is actually offering Gigabit internet services in multiple locations as well, and they have just announced that they’re opening up access in the very first location Google ever set up shop with their Google Fiber service. Kansas City. For those who are unaware, it’s called U-Verse with AT&T Gigapower. Seeing as how AT&T isn’t going to just let Google waltz in and grab the lions share of the blazing fast home internet market, they brought Gigapower online and have rolled it out to various locations around the country, reportedly at the same cost as Google Fiber no less, putting in direct competition.
AT&T will be offering their U-Verse with AT&T Gigapower for $70 a month, which gets subscribers access to Gigabit internet speeds for super fast downloads and connections. This price jumps up to $99 a month($29 extra)for customers who decide not participate in AT&T’s internet preferences service that is part of Gigapower, which keeps a record of what sites you visit and data associated with them like how long you browsed and what ads you viewed while browsing. Since this service is opt in, customers can choose to pay the higher price a month to keep all that information private.
AT&T is going to be expanding this Gigapower service out to surrounding areas around Kansas City too, so areas like Lakewood, and Overland Park will have access according to 9 To 5 Google. Both Google and AT&T are continuing to expand their Gigabit internet offerings in new cities, with AT&T having plans to move onto Independence and Shawnee(both surrounding areas of Kansas City)as well as places that are planned like San Francisco, Oakland, and L.A., while Google Fiber is planned for a roll out Nashville, Atlanta, Charlotte, and Raleigh-Durham, and is currently exploring the expansion into places like San Jose, Salt Lake City, and Portland. If you live in Kansas City, are you an existing Google Fiber customer or are you considering using AT&T’s Gigapower internet? Or do you simply use another provider like Comcast or someone else?