Recently, Raleigh is the latest city to come to an agreement with AT&T to deploy the GigaPower service which has the capability to give customers speeds up to 1-Gbps.
As has been discussed numerous times, Raleigh joins the number of other cities that think they will be getting the Gigapower service soon all-the-while AT&T has no plans on actually installing 1-Gbps for the foreseeable future.
Gigapower is AT&T’s way to upgrade speeds in select areas that are profitable for them. Mind you, AT&T will also want the select areas to give them whatever they want. AT&T said the plan “outlines potential fiber deployments…to parts of Raleigh,” has not even told the city residents which parts will get access to GigaPower.
Rather than increasing capital improvements to pay for the Gigapower service expanding, AT&T is cutting money spent on fixed-line broadband. Investors have been told just that on a number of different occasions.
AT&T loves to promote that they are already offering GigaPower in Austin, Texas yet even those residents can only get 300 Mbps (which based on early reviews is nowhere close to 300 Mbps) and have to deal with absurd early termination fees, activation fees and other below-the-line charges.
Not to worry though as when AT&T eventually offers 1 Gbps speeds, they will match Google Fiber’s price but with a catch. One must allow AT&T unprecedented access to their privacy on the computer with deep packet inspection to track each and every website you visit.
Also, good luck trying to opt out of the snooping. That is another story all together.