AT&T has been competing with Comcast and Google Fiber to roll out gigabit internet, and they launched in Cupertino, CA just last year after launching in Austin, Texas nearly two years earlier. Now AT&T's GigaPower internet is available in a ton of metro areas, including the Bay Area with more to come. AT&T mentioned in their press release that their gigabit internet is available in San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Clara, Dublin, Mountain View and San Ramon as of today. The service is also available in about 30 apartment complexes in the Bay Area.
On top of expanding their coverage in the Bay area, the company also announced that they are planning to triple their coverage of gigabit internet by the end of the year. AT&T also touted that they offer Business Fiber Internet service to small businesses in more than 180 cities in the US. Which provides speeds of up to 300 megabits per second. The company is also planning to expand this service to additional markets this summer.
GigaPower is available as low as $70 per month on AT&T. Of course, you can bundle that with your smartphone and cable (U-verse or DIRECTV) and get a pretty great deal with blazing fast internet at home. Just how fast is gigabit internet? Well AT&T says that you can download 25 songs in just 1 second. Or you can download a TV show in 3 seconds and a HD movie in about 36 seconds. That's much, much faster than the typical internet speeds we see from ISP's around the country, and the world, right now.
Jeni Bell, who is AT&T's vice president and general manager for Northern California and Northern Nevada stated that "by expanding AT&T GigaPower to additional cities in the Bay Area beyond Cupertino, we are demonstrating our continued commitment to our customers." She also mentioned in this prepared statement that the "ways in which we communicate and seek entertainment become more data-intensive, our customers will benefit from our expansion of our AT&T GigaPower service."
While AT&T GigaPower isn't Google Fiber, it's still nice to have gigabit internet, and at a pretty decent price. AT&T is already working on a slew of other markets for their GigaPower service, which you can see on their GigaPower map.