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AT&T follows Google with gigabit network plans for Austin

A power play between Google and AT&T means Austinites will have two gigabit fiber options from which to choose.

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Austin, you've got high-speed options.

Just hours after Google announced that it was bringing its gigabit Google Fiber Internet and TV service to Austinites by mid 2014, AT&T said that it too will build a fast fiber-optic infrastructure for comparable high-speed access in the techie Texas city.

As an expansion to the company's Project VIP, AT&T will deliver Internet speeds of up to 1Gbps through the just-announced Austin infrastructure, the company said. AT&T did not reveal pricing or its rollout plans, which makes the reveal seem like an in-your-face move designed to steal attention away from a competitor.

Still, the announcement undoubtedly is a positive development for the people of Austin.