It's Friday! In this week's edition of Gigabites, AT&T and Google promote new gigabit markets, Comcast spreads to the Northeast with Gigabit Pro, the city of Santa Cruz approves a new gigabit deployment in Silicon Valley and more.
Gigabit expansion is good news, right? Well, hold the phone. DSLReports points out that AT&T has shared very little information about just how extensively it's making gigabit service available in target cities. That means AT&T can say it's launching GigaPower in a region, but then only offer the high-speed broadband service in very select communities and campuses. Costs vary as well, with monthly fees starting around $70 for a gigabit, but jumping up closer to $100 if subscribers choose not to have AT&T track their web browsing habits.
AT&T has far outpaced competitors with gigabit service rollouts, but it still remains to be seen how many consumers will benefit.
— Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, Light Reading