AT&T has gone live with its "GigaPower" service in Austin, Texas, but won't actually offer gigabit downloads until the middle of next year.
AT&T launched the service Tuesday offering initial download speeds of 300 Mbit/s for a monthly Internet contract. AT&T plans to expand GigaPower "beyond parts of Austin neighborhoods like French Place, Mueller, Zilker and Onion Creek" in 2014. (See AT&T 1-Gig Fiber Live This Week in Austin.)
Austin residents can vote for the fiber service in their neighborhood here.
AT&T says it will offer customers that sign up for the initial 300Mbit/s service now a free upgrade to gigabit speed when that arrives. The operator is offering three packages initially: Internet for $70 a month; Internet and TV for $120; and Internet/TV/Voice for $150 a month.
Google has said it will offer a 1Gbit/s service in Austin by mid-2014 too. So the battle between the operators in 2014 will likely involve how many neighborhoods they can serve with the faster service. (See Austin Gets Google's Next Fiber Gig.)
— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading