AT&T Plans for Gigabit Interent in 56 Cities in 2016

AT&T is aggressively taking on Google's gigabit broadband Internet with plans to offer its own competing service in 56 metropolitan areas by the end of 2016. That includes 38 new areas AT&T just announced to go with the 18 where the service is already available.

AT&T expands gigabit Internet plans for 2016AT&T expands gigabit Internet plans for 2016

AT&T said in a statement,

Nearly 2 years ago, we successfully launched the first AT&T GigaPower metro in Austin, Texas. This launch led to a major expansion in multiple metros beginning in 2014. Recently we marked a major milestone deploying the AT&T GigaPower network to more than 1 million locations, and we expect to more than double availability by the end of 2016.

The 38 just announced locations include Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco, and other California cities, Pensacola in Florida, Wichita in Kansas, El Paso and Lubbock in Texas, Baton Rouge, Shreveport_bossier, and Jefferson Parish in Louisiana, and more. The full list of cities is available at the AT&T website.

In contrast, Google's gigabit Internet service is either operating or in the works in 12 markets with three more currently under consideration.

Sadly, Denver and Boulder are still missing from both AT&T and Google's lists.