Since 2012, Google has been testing high-speed fiber-optic Internet in places like Kansas City and Austin, Texas. And surprise, surprise: Here comes AT&T, with plans to bring high-speed fiber-optic Internet to places like Kansas City and Austin, Texas.
To be fair, AT&T announced it was coming to Austin a year ago, but today the telecom giant said it would attempt to expand its fiber Internet program to 21 new metropolitan areas, encompassing some 100 cities. Meanwhile, Google recently shared its own plans to expand Google Fiber to eight new cities and metropolitan areas over the next few years.
That puts both companies in a race to provide a new type of high-speed Internet to the country, and they’re starting in some of the same places. Fiber fight!