AT&T wants to beat Google Fiber to the punch in 21 new cities

After launching its fiber-optic Internet service, Gigapower, in Austin, Tex. last December, and announcing earlier this month plans to bring it to six cities in North Carolina, AT&T has just announced a proposal to add 21 more cities, including major markets such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Atlanta.
AT&T’s service will provide speeds up to 1 gigabit per second, 100 times faster than standard Internet services, including its own U-verse service.
With Gigapower, AT&T is going head-to-head with Google, which has been working on and talking about fiber-optic Internet for quite some time.
After getting started with Kansas City, Mo., in 2013, then Provo, Utah, and Austin, Tex., throughout 2013, Google announced 34 new cities up for consideration for the lineup this past February.
As we previously surmised, AT&T is likely racing to reach Google’s planned cities first in order to establish its presence before Google gets there.
And although when it announced its first stop in Austin, Tex., it was only offering 300 megabits per second, it guaranteed a free upgrade to 1 gigabit the following year as a selling point.