Providers battle out for faster internet speeds in Atlanta

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Three big announcements were made this week about faster internet coming to our area. Atlanta is a top location for ushering in new, super high speed internet service.  
 
Let's start with Comcast's announcement. Atlanta and Nashville are up first to get its 1-gigabit service. It's only requirement will be an updated modem in order to access it. When is it coming? A Comcast spokesman said, "Coming soon."  In the second half of this year, this service will open up to Chicago, Detroit and Miami.
 
What's the benefit of high speed internet? Convenience. Remember when downloading a movie to a tablet before a roadtrip took hours? Well, now this 1-gig service means downloading that same movie, Hi-Def now of course, in about 20. A 30-minute TV show will take no more than five  seconds.
 
But competition is on its way. Google Fiber is currently building its infrastructure right now in the metro area, but it also announced this week that part of its plan will be to offer its 1-gigabit service to public housing for free. Again, not here yet but on the horizon.  
 
Finally, AT&T announced it's expanding its 1-gig service. The new areas with access to this faster speed internet service are in Buford, Jonesboro, Lawrenceville, Norcross, Roswell, Sugar Hill, Suwanee and surrounding communities. 

Comcast has another service already in the area; it's 2-gig high speed internet is called Gigabit Pro, and it’s available market-wide.  It’s priced at $159 a month, and requires Comcast to manually bring its fiber connection into the customer’s home. 

 
 
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