AT&T beats Google, will bring gigabit internet to Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A few months ago, Google announced that it wanted to bring blazing fast internet to homes in Charlotte. Now, it seems AT&T will beat them to it.

Today, the company announced that it'll bring its GigaPower network to Charlotte. The fiberoptic network features upload and download speeds of up to one gigabit per second, fast enough to download 25 songs in one second, or your favorite TV show in three seconds. Google Fiber offer similar speeds and intends to build a network here. The City of Charlotte has taken steps to help Google build out its broadband network, but the company has until the end of the year to say whether it'll do so.

Pricing, as well as which homes will be able to get gigabit internet, haven't yet been announced. Prices in Austin, Texas, where GigaPower was first launched, can be as low as $70 a month.

Winston-Salem is also getting GigaPower service. AT&T also says it's considering Apex, Garner, Gastonia, Greensboro, Huntersville, and Morrisville.

"AT&T's networks helped us become a hub for international business and banking," Charlotte mayor Dan Clodfelter said in a statement from AT&T. "This new network will move us to the next level in building a vibrant, world-class and globally-connected city. We look forward to working with AT&T as they bring this exciting new service to our community."


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