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Legend has it that, back in the 80s, tech experts said that 640KB of computer memory would be enough for any home user in the foreseeable future. We all know that today's computer hard drives ship with at least 500GB, which is roughly 500 million KB.
The same kind of principle applies to home internet. “I really think we can get by with less internet,” said no one, ever. That’s why AT&T offers 1 GIG fiber optic internet service1, delivering a 1,000 megabits-per-second connection2 reliably and consistently for residential customers. With a 100 percent fiber network, AT&T can deliver consistently fast internet speeds and more bandwidth even at peak times, which is what’s needed to handle a home full of devices and multiple users who are connecting at the same time.
Building your stream house
How many connected devices are running in your home at any given time? A conservative estimate would include three or four smartphones, one or two tablets, and at least two smart TVs. Add a smart speaker voice assistant, a connected doorbell or camera, a smart thermostat, a laptop, and a gaming console, and you're approaching an even dozen.
As the number of devices grows, the amount of internet bandwidth they require grows as well. Even if a smart thermostat doesn't use that much bandwidth, video streams do. Leichtman Research found recently that 74 percent of all US households subscribe to at least one video-on-demand service, such as Netflix or Hulu, and more than half use two or more. The challenge for folks with lower bandwidth internet connections comes when several of streams or other activities are going on at once. If three household members want to watch Ultra HD videos at the same time, for example, bandwidth requirements may go up. If mom is uploading a large file for work while her daughter is gaming and her son is streaming an HD movie, dad may experience a delay asking the smart speaker to play his favorite workout tunes.
Entering the 1 GIG era
Homeowners that want to support all of their smart devices, plus stream high-quality video, plus work from home, will love 1 GIG Internet powered by AT&T Fiber. The service delivers a reliable, 1,000 Mbps2 connection (max speed and max bandwidth) for an amazing price of $39.99 per month3 for 12 months when bundled, plus taxes and equipment fees.
What does 1 GIG mean for the average home user? It means that smart home devices don't have to compete with video streams and gaming systems for limited bandwidth. Households equipped with 1 GIG internet with AT&T Fiber can enjoy:
- Upload speeds that are 20X faster than cable4
- Streaming, working, and gaming on 12 or more devices5
- Virtually lag-free gaming with ultra-low latency (ping under 11 ms)6
- Downloading a 1GB file in less than 10 seconds7
- Downloading a 90-minute HD movie in less than 7 seconds7
- Uploading HD video and photos in seconds
- Streaming 4K / Ultra-HD videos on three devices5
The important takeaway is that fiber internet service is a smart way to ensure that your smart home will be ready for bandwidth demands today and in the future.
TV that's optimized for the internet
Another valuable service that AT&T launched this spring is AT&T TV. As an affordable and feature-rich alternative to traditional cable packages, AT&T TV delivers all your favorite entertainment together in one place, including live TV along with access to over 55,000 on-demand movies and shows (with the ULTIMATE Package), access to premium networks, and app-based streaming services like Netflix and Pandora from one deviceb. No more switching inputs or devices to access all your favorites. The benefits of AT&T TV include:
- Live TV and breaking news, on-demand, Cloud DVR, access to premium channels like HBO8b
- Access to more than 5,000 popular apps – from sports and movies to music and games -- on Google Playe
- Voice remote complete with Google Assistant, so you can search for entertainment, control your TV and smart home devices, and moreec
- Record 500 hours to your Cloud DVRa and access on the gof with unlimited simultaneous recordingsa
- Plug in and watch with easy self-set-up. No satellite dish, no cable box, and no appointments necessary.
Once again, it's clear that AT&T is at the forefront of future-proof entertainment and internet services, bringing fiber speeds1 and versatile TV options to residential customers who want to make the most of their home technology.
To learn more about AT&T 1 GIG Internet and AT&T TV, please visit att.com/bundle.
1 Limited availability. May not be available in every area. Go to att.com/getfiber to check availability.
2 Internet speed claims represent maximum network service capability speeds and based on wired connection to gateway. Actual customer speeds may vary based on a number of factors and are not guaranteed. Download speeds are typically up to 940Mbps due to overhead capacity reserved to deliver the data. For more information, go to www.att.com/speed101.
3 $39.99 Internet Offer: Price for Internet 1000 for new residential AT&T Fiber customers when bundled with another qualifying AT&T service (DIRECTV, U-verse TV, AT&T TV, AT&T Phone or postpaid AT&T wireless). Pricing for first 12 months only. After 12 mos., then prevailing rate applies (currently, $59.99/mo) unless canceled by customer prior to end of 12 mos. Must maintain bundled qualifying services with matching service address to receive advertised pricing. Additional Fees & Taxes: AT&T one-time transactional fees, $10/mo. equipment fee, and monthly cost recovery surcharges which are not government required may apply, as well as taxes. See www.att.com/fees for details. Credit restrictions apply. Pricing subj to change. Subj. to Internet Terms of Service at att.com/internet-terms.
4 Comparison of Internet 1000 wired upload connection speed to major cable providers: Xfinity, Spectrum & COX 1Gig cable service with uploads of 35 Mbps. For more information, go to www.att.com/speed101.
5 Number of devices depends on screen size/resolution.
6 Other factors besides network latency may impact game lag; individual results will vary.
7 Speed/Time examples are estimates and based on wired connection to gateway.
8 Requires high speed internet. Recommend minimum 8 Mbps per stream for optimal viewing. Limit 3 concurrent AT&T streams. Higher speeds recommended and 4K TV required for 4K streaming, where avail. from 3rd party apps (may require separate subscription).
a Limited to 500 hours recording time. Recordings expire after 90 days. Restrictions apply.
b Requires separate subscription/login for HBO, Netflix, Pandora, etc.
c Requires compatible smart home device, app, and service.
d Requires subscription to top-tier ULTIMATE programming package.
e Google login required. Google and Google Play are trademarks of Google, LLC.
f Available only in the U.S. (excl. Puerto Rico & U.S.V.I.). Requires compatible device and data connection.