AT&T and Google’s plans to give Austin a gigabit is an experiment. Is it a good one?


Austin may be feeling like one of the luckiest towns in the world today. Not one, but two big name companies have said they plan a gigabit network in the Texas Capital. But, as both Google and AT&T plan their fiber-to-the-home deployment strategies, they are testing plans that look inefficient and might bite consumers in the end. Still, innovation is needed in broadband deployment, so all eyes will be watching Austin.

Ma Bell announced its gigabit plans on Tuesday after Google said it planned to offer its own fiber to the home, gigabit network to the Texas capital.

I got on the phone with Larry Solomon, an AT&T spokesman to get details on the network. Solomon said that AT&T will expand its existing fiber-to-the-node product to “homes and buildings.”

In its release AT&T also said that this expansion wouldn’t “materially affect its capital expenditures for 2013,” which struck me…

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