Fastest Internet Access for Your Home: AT&T’s New Fiber Plans

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Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Getty (Getty Images) – Starting at $110, communities around the country will be able to access multi-gigabit internet speeds. Fiber-optic internet service from AT&T has recently seen a significant increase in speed. The company’s residential and corporate internet services will now provide speeds of 2 Gbps and 5 Gbps. Some 5.2 million people in 70 metro regions will be able to take advantage of these programs, which are expected to encompass 30 million users by 2025.

The symmetrical 2 GB and 5 GB plans provide some of the fastest residential internet speeds offered by any ISP (symmetrical means identical download and upload speeds). When compared to AT&T’s lesser tier, the average broadband download speed in the United States is just 132.6 Mbps. AT&T’s network was formerly limited to speeds of 300 Mbps to 1 Gbps. The firm can now compete with Google’s 2 Gbps fiber option and Comcast’s 3 Gbps service with these new upgrades.

Even if these levels are overkill for the great majority of clients, the pandemic and the consequent move toward remote work has increased our rising demand for additional bandwidth. Now, our house wifi must be able to handle not just our personal devices, but also our work-related equipment.

“We’re doubling down on fiber in our internet infrastructure as we set out to become America’s finest connection provider,” said Jeff McElfresh, CEO of AT&T. From education, to business, to leisure, AT&T Fiber will change the way we experience the internet and fuel innovation, with genuine multi-gigabit speeds and symmetrical upload and download.”

Despite AT&T’s surprise openness on price, these tiers will undoubtedly be more expensive than what you’re paying now. Each of the two gigabit plans costs $110 a month, while the five gigabit plan costs $180 a month. Considering that I now spend $60 per gigabit for internet access, these options are a great value. In comparison, Comcast’s 3 Gbps symmetrical package costs $300 a month, which is much more costly than Google’s 2 Gbps option.

There will be no equipment costs, yearly contracts, data limitations, or 12-month pricing hikes for new AT&T users, the company claims. As a result, your final bill should include the amounts shown above, as well as any applicable taxes. Additional freebies include internet security software ActiveArmor and a subscription to HBO Max. To get the most out of these tiers, you’ll need to ask AT&T for improved equipment, which requires a Wi-Fi 6 router.

As many as half a dozen metropolitan areas will have access to faster network tiers. AT&T focuses on Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Dallas, but most major cities, including Austin, Miami, San Francisco, and Orlando, will be able to get multi-gigabit service. Houston, Columbus, Chicago, Detroit, San Antonio, and Oklahoma City are notable outliers to the rule. The “Up to 5 Gig” link on AT&T’s fiber website will allow you to see whether the service is available in your location.

It’s important to note that even consumers who stream 4K content to numerous TVs at the same time will find these two top tiers to be overkill. For the “interconnected household,” AT&T recommends its two-gigabit plan, while its five-gigabit option is aimed to “engage, stream, and connect at unprecedented speeds.”

“Multi-gigabit speeds are appropriate for users who are always connected. When it comes to the speed of your different gadgets, “multi-gig speeds open up lanes for your various connected devices to operate at the quickest pace,” an AT&T spokeswoman said.

Because devices are not vying for the same bandwidth, they will all benefit from multi-increased gig’s speed and capacity, which will allow them to operate more efficiently.” Customers will also be able to ‘future-proof’ their home network with this new option, as additional multi-gigabit-capable devices and technologies become available.”

However, even with the company’s 300 Mbps plan, it’s believed to be plenty for 10+ devices, so unless you’re streaming videos, running data-heavy simulations, or living in a huge home with dozens of gadgets, you definitely don’t need to upgrade (at least, until the metaverse ends up being real).

As AT&T’s C-band 5G rollout continues in eight metro regions, more users will have access to higher mobile speeds thanks to the company’s fiber expansion. AT&T claims it has reached 10-gig speeds in its laboratories, which might be the next hurdle in the never-ending quest to deliver adequate bandwidth for our data-hungry gadgets. This residential internet rollout is considerably more astounding in magnitude.