Ultra Fast Internet Service Coming to Chicago

Ultra Fast Internet Service Coming to Chicago

If you need the ability to download 25 songs in 1 second, one Chicago internet service provider says it plans to make that a reality.

AT&T has announced plans to bring GigaPower internet service to the Chicago area, making it available to both residential and small business customers. 

According to the company, the service provides 1 gigabit per second internet speeds, allowing users to download a television show in less than 3 seconds and a feature length film in about 36 seconds. The service also allows users to watch and record five simultaneous high definition streams.

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"We are working to make Chicago the most wired city in the world, and it is great news that AT&T is bringing its ultra-high speed fiber network to Chicago," said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. "This important digital infrastructure investment will bring opportunity for Chicago residents, businesses and visitors, who all stand to benefit from this new service.”

Along with Chicago, AT&T announced 13 other cities also in line for the service. Construction and deployment work on the fiber optic line needed for the service should begin later this year, the company says.

GigaPower is already available in the Texas cities of Dallas, Fort Worth and Austin. Monthly subscription fees in those cities range from $90 to $120, according to reports. By comparison, Comcast’s highest speed internet delivers 505 megabits per second, or about half the speed of GigaPower, and currently is sold for $399 per month.

Earlier this year, Google announced its plans for ultra fast internet service in 34 U.S. cities called Google Fiber. Despite Mayor Emanuel's efforts to establish the city as a technology hub, Chicago was not included in Google's plans.

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