AT&T has announced that it is preparing to build an advanced fibre-optic network in Austin, Texas, capable of delivering speeds up to 1Gbps. The telecoms giant says that its ‘expanded fibre plans in Austin anticipate it will be granted the same terms and conditions as Google on issues such as geographic scope of offerings, rights of way, permitting, state licences and any investment incentives’. As reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate yesterday, Google Fiber, the US initiative which saw an experimental 1Gbps fibre-optic broadband network rolled out in Kansas City last year, has reportedly set its sights on Austin, Texas for its next deployment. Kansas City was declared the winner of search engine giant Google’s ‘Google Fiber’ contest on 30 March 2011, beating off more than 1,100 locations in the process.
Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO, commented: ‘Most encouraging is the recognition by government officials that policies which eliminate unnecessary regulation, lower costs and speed infrastructure deployment, can be a meaningful catalyst to additional investment in advanced networks which drives employment and economic growth’.