Google Fiber (NASDAQ: GOOG) is looking at Dallas as the next destination for its 1 Gbps FTTH service journey, laying a challenge to AT&T's (NYSE: T) established FTTH network.
Similar to the process it is undertaking in Chicago and Los Angeles, Google Fiber plans to launch a joint planning process with Dallas city leaders.
Google Fiber said in a blog post that "once we complete our planning process, we'll determine if we can bring Fiber to Dallas," but it did not offer a specific timeline on when it would actually roll out services.
As part of that process, the service provider will work with Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, local leaders and its Fiber checklist to learn more about local topography, existing infrastructure and other factors that may impact construction.
"Building a fiber optic network through a dense and complex urban environment like Dallas is challenging – these discussions will help us deploy our network efficiently and responsibly," Google said.
Having already built out fiber in Austin, Google Fiber is no stranger to Texas.
What will be interesting to see if Google Fiber does come to Dallas is how AT&T will respond. In several areas where Google Fiber and AT&T compete, AT&T has lowered its prices to $70 and it will likely do the same in Dallas.
Beginning on June 1, new and current customers in the Dallas area, and other metro areas, can get internet speeds up to 1 Gbps on the AT&T GigaPower network for as low as $90.
At the same time, Google Fiber will significantly trail AT&T, which plans to spread its super-fast internet service to 31 metro areas and nearly double the availability of GigaPower in southern Dallas.
- see this Google Fiber blog post
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