Google Fiber has Found its More Expensive Match with GigaPower from AT&T

AT&T GigaPower has come to compete with Google and its fast, gigabit Internet service called Google Fiber. Nevertheless, there are some differences that you need to consider before choosing either one of the services provided.

AT&T has finally challenged Google Fiber with the making of GigaPower, which is going to reach truly fast speeds and allow the competition to grow to the benefit of the customers. Kansas City is the place where Google Fiber first launched and this is the very same place where AT&T will do the same.

According to the local Kansas City Star, the people who live in the area can start signing up for the services that they have been seeking to get all this time. However, as it turns out the two competitors are not the same concerning the price rate required for their services.

To be more specific, there is a distinctive difference between the two different companies and the similarly fast services that they have been offering. Although there is a flat rate for the service itself that is the same for both companies ($70 per month, to be exact), if you wish to go for the GigaPower you will be asked whether or not you want to add another feature to your account; this feature is the opting out from the Internet Preferences program of AT&T.

In case you do not know what this program is, it is worth mentioning that it tracks everything you do on the web and it collects the respective data for future reference. So, if you do not want someone to grab hold of details like which websites you visit regularly or how much time you spend on the Internet on a daily basis, you are somewhat encouraged to pay the extra $29 per month to avoid that.

Google on the other hand does not have any similar option, which may seem like a great thing at first sight. Of course, the company already collects sensitive data legally and does so through the use of Google+ and Gmail.

As you can see at their privacy policy, there is a lot of information that gets collected by Google and you do not exactly have the choice to pay something extra and avoid it. According to Google: “We collect information about the services that you use and how you use them, like when you watch a video on YouTube, visit a website that uses our advertising services, or you view and interact with our ads and content”.

Besides these differences between the two services, there are some other details that you should take into account before deciding which way to go. AT&T offers a TV and HBO plan for another $50 a month. In addition, voice service is also available for $50 monthly from AT&T and there is no similar service from Google.

Google on the other hand differs from its competitor in the offer of free 5Mbps Internet to those who do not want to (or cannot) get gigabit Internet in the first place. This free offer however does require a one-time fee that reaches as high as $300 (but can be paid in smaller amounts). Both the companies continue expanding, as far as fast Internet is concerned.

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