Google has been making headlines with its high-speed Google Fiber network, but today AT&T is grabbing the spotlight with a new promise to bring GigaPower network to Winston-Salem in North Carolina. The company’s plan was ratified by government officials on Tuesday, paving the way for high-speed 1 gigabit per second Internet.
Work on the GigaPower network will begin in the near future, though AT&T hasn’t said when it expects to complete the project. The carrier’s high-speed Internet service is already available in Austin, Texas, while Google’s competing network has been steadily expanding. For now the two companies haven’t competed directly in any city, though both have expressed interest in expanding to Raleigh-Durham and Charlotte in North Carolina.
Google Fiber is a serious attempt to compete with major Internet-providers and it’s certainly putting pressure on companies like AT&T and Verizon. That strategy appears to be working, however, and the increase in gigabit competition should help pave the way for faster internet across the country. We hope.