Who doesn't want faster Internet? Some lucky cities are actually getting it.
Yesterday, AT&T announced its plan to expand GigaPower (its ultra-fast Internet service) into 23 new markets. That means 23 lucky cities will have the fastest Internet speeds around. Speeds estimated at up to 1 gigabit per second.
That's really fast. Imagine being able to download 23 songs in less than a second, or your favorite movie in less than three. Those are the lightning speeds we're talking about. Which means anyone using the GigaPower service can say goodbye to buffering.
Among the lucky cities are: Atlanta, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois; Nashville, Tennessee; Houston, Texas; and Miami, Florida; and Rome, Georgia. It may sound like large cities are the only ones on AT&T's list, but smaller cities are also making the cut. Ever heard of Hunters Creek Village and Rosenberg, Texas? They're also getting faster Internet.
Pricing for an Internet-only 1Gbps plan ranges between $70 - $100, depending on location. These prices reflect direct competition to Google Fiber's $70 pricing.
One downside is that customers using the service must fill out "Internet Preferences," which allows AT&T to monitor their Web traffic. The data collected is suspected to be used for targeted advertising, but to some customers, this still feels invasive.
For now, these 23 cities will have AT&T's primary focus, but the company has stated it plans to continue this expansion as the service experiences growth. Munster, Indiana; Elmwood Park, Illinois; and Avondale Estates, Georgia, are just a few of the cities also being considered.
Is your city on the list? If not, do you wish that it was? Let us know in the comments below.