AUSTIN, TX, February 10, 2014 — Tiny San Marcos-based Grande Communications has beaten web and telecom giants Google Inc. and AT&T Inc. to the punch in the fight to bring super high speed Internet to Austin, according to a report in Austin 360.
The company is reportedly prepared to unveil on Monday its new ultrafast offerings to a number of West Austin neighborhoods, including Belmont, Old Enfield, Rosedale, Oakmont Heights, Bryker Woods, Tarrytown and Pemberton Heights, according to Austin 360. The new service, which features download speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second, will be available starting at $65 per month. Bundling the service with Grande’s other TV and phone options could bring the price down, as well.
It is still months before AT&T or Google are set to get their super fast fiber networks up and running in Austin. Google has said its new Fiber high speed Internet service will go live sometime in mid-2014. And while AT&T has already rolled out fast — but not yet gigabit fast — Internet service in the French Place, Mueller, Zilker and Onion Creek neighborhoods, its own gigabit service will not go live until mid-2014 as well.
Time Warner Cable is also promising that higher Internet speeds are on the way, but it hasn’t been swept up in the gigabyte war as much as Google and AT&T. Late last year, Time Warner announced that it’s pushing hard to add more than 1,000 Wi-Fi spots throughout town.
By Michael Theis — Digital Editor Austin Business Journal www.bizjournals.com/austin/