In Austin Fiber Wars, the Little Guy Beats Google and AT&T to the Punch
By Andrew Huygen
For KUT and Reporting Texas
Another competitor is joining the fiber arms race in Austin.
San Marcos-based Grande Communications says it will begin rolling out its own super-fast Internet service – offering speeds up to 20 times faster than existing top-tier service – in select Austin neighborhoods starting next week. The service, which Grande is calling Power 1000, would cost $65 per month, with no contract or activity monitoring.
The new connection would offer Internet speeds of 1 gigabit per second, allowing a user to download a full-length film in about 10 seconds. The fastest speed offered by most providers is 50 megabits per second. AT&T and Google Fiber are both rolling out gigabit service in Austin this year.
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