Slowly but surely, Internet service providers across the country are upgrading their networks and offering super-fast fiber optic Internet to users in select locations. AT&T just unveiled its GigaPower in the Kansas City area and could expand the service to even more cities in the near future. But, there's a catch. If customers want to keep their private information safe, they have to pay AT&T an additional $29 every month.
AT&T's basic fiber plan is also available in parts of Texas and North Carolina and costs customers $70 every month to reach download speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second. That means users could download an HD movie in less than a minute. The company says it can only offer that competitive price by selling some of your information to advertisers. If you choose to opt out of sharing your information with AT&T, it will tack on the extra charge.
“When you select AT&T Internet Preferences, we can offer you our best pricing best pricing on GigaPower because you let us use your individual Web browsing information, like the search terms you enter and the web pages you visit, to tailor ads and offers to your interests.”