Cupertino residents will soon have access to one of the fastest Internet speeds in the country. According to the Wall Street Journal, AT&T’s gigabit service will be landing there in the coming months, making California the latest state in the company’s national launch of its GigaPower fiber optic broadband.
AT&T’s gigabit-speed fiber is currently offered in Austin, Dallas and Fort Worth in Texas, with plans to bring it to Houston and San Antonio as well as cities in Florida, Tennessee and North Carolina. Like Google’s own offering, pricing starts at $70 per months, but with a catch: users must agree to participate in AT&T Internet Preferences behavioural tracking for delivering tailored ads.
As DSLReports.com explains, “While Google tracks search history, cookies and GPS location data, AT&T's Internet Preferences appears to use deep packet inspection to monitor each and every packet, including how long you spend on specific websites.” If you would prefer to opt out it’ll be an extra $30.
Specific timing, availability and pricing for the U-Verse with GigaPower service in Cupertino will be announced later, AT&T said.
Google started selling its own gigabit-speed fiber connections in Kansas City two years ago and has since added Provo, Utah, and Austin, Texas. Google Fiber's multi-city Bay Area buildout is currently in the planning stage and doesn’t include Cupertino -- which is also Apple’s hometown.