Google Fiber vs. AT&T U-verse in Kansas City, MO
It’s always good news for the consumer when two companies offering the same service began to square-off for dominance in the same area. However, what both companies are offering will only be for certain neighborhoods of interest, as neither is franchising, and will only be available where demand is high enough to make it financially feasible.
AT&T already has a wide-costumer base in Kansas City, and will be offering the service under the same conditions, but those customers may want to stay with a service they’re already familiar with, or opt to go with Google Fiber.
Google has partnered with Kansas City to create the infrastructure, and AT&T in Kansas City, MO will profit through their efforts; however, it really all depends upon what each company is offering and at what price. Google offers a 1-gigabyte connection, upload, and download speed, while AT&T is offering 300 Mps with no price increase when the service reaches the 1-gigabyte speed.
The 1-gigabyte Google Fiber offers comes at a $70 monthly charge and they will waive the $300 installation fee. They also have a 5 Mps offered free, but you will have to pay the $300 installation fee over a period of 2 years. AT&T charges a monthly fee of $99 and an additional $21 for HBO (3 years), for a total of $120 per month.
Google Fiber includes television services offered with their platform, but you will not be able to get phone—land line service through them—and will need to have a separate telephone service. This is where the major difference in the two companies’ services really exists. AT&T’s package includes both internet and television, but also provides telephone service in their service.
In the long-run, when AT&T is able to reach the 1-gigabyte speed, their service will be the better choice, as telephone bills can be $49.95 on the low-end, and much higher with other benefits added. For the time being, Google Fiber gives you the fastest connection, but you will certainly have a telephone bill with another company to consider when deciding which company’s offer is the best fit for your home.
Both companies have sat their sights at 25-percent of users—wanting the service—in a neighborhood to make the service cost-effective. Neighborhood is relative, as it might be ¼ mile or several miles. It will all depend upon how much interest is shown in having the faster services.