AT&T May Offer Ultra-Fast Internet In St. Louis, Kansas City

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AT&T listed 24 markets, including Missouri’s two biggest metro areas, where it is considering expansion of its broadband network with speeds up to 1 gigabit per second. That’s nearly 100 times faster than the national average for home consumers, and equal to the Google Fiber being installed in Kansas City and elsewhere.

Google Fiber was seen as an attempt to goad companies into offering swifter Internet connections. If AT&T takes such a service nationwide, upgrading its U-verse into a service called GigaPower, the rest of the industry could follow suit.

While Google had to build its network from scratch, AT&T would enter the race with some advantages. U-verse networks typically bring high-capacity fiberoptic cables into neighborhood “nodes.” From there, they run copper lines to homes. By replacing the last-mile copper with glass-fiber cables, AT&T could catch up to Google.

Read more from the Kansas City Star and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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