AT&T Bringing Super Fast "GigaPower" Internet to Miami
Miamians will soon be able to get super high-speed Internet. AT&T announced today that it's bringing its ultra-fast "GigaPower" network to the City of Miami. The broadband Internet service features speeds of up to one gigabit per second, which is the same speed as Google Fiber.
To put that in comparison, the highest speed available in Miami from Comcast, the city's dominant broadband Internet provider, is just 105 megabits per second.
With speeds like that, AT&T claims you can download 25 songs in one second, and entire TV show in 3 seconds and an HD movie in under 36 seconds.
"Miami is proud to be the first city in Florida and the metropolitan Miami area where AT&T has announced it will build the AT&T GigaPower network," Mayor Tomas Regalado said in a statement. "The deployment of ultra-high-speed broadband service will support innovation, our businesses, and our residents and will eventually further economic development in our community."
While Miami may be the first market, AT&T also says they're considering offering the service in Hialeah, Hollywood, Homestead, Opa-locka, and Pompano Beach.
Prices haven't yet been announced, but currently Austin, Texas, is the only city where AT&T GigaPower is up and running. Users there pay $99 per month for standard service, but can also opt into a targeted advertising service and pay just $70 a month with fees and equipment prices waved.
Though, the announcement could have unexpected benefits for Comcast customers in the city. In other cities where Google has announced its plans to bring the similar Google Fiber service and AT&T has announced GigaPower, Comcast has been responded by increasing costumer's Internet speeds, sometimes by 100 percent, while keeping rates the same. Still, Comcast's highest speed would be a fraction of GigaPower.
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