AT&T said Tuesday it is expanding its fiber network to Chicago. AT&T reported its fiber network can deliver speeds of up to one gigabit per second, about 100 times the national average. At that rate, a user can download 25 songs in one second.
AT&T announced in April that Chicago and the Illinois suburbs of Des Plaines, Glenview, Lombard, Mount Prospect, Naperville, Park Ridge, Skokie and Wheaton were among 100 cities nationwide it was considering for the expansion of its fiber network.
AT&T did not provide information Tuesday about whether the suburbs would be included with the City of Chicago expansion.
In Austin, Texas, where AT&T has already installed its fiber network, the one-gigabit-per-second service, is available for $70 a month.
Google Fiber offers speeds up to 1,000 Mbps (1 Gigabit per second) for $70 per month in Austin, Texas; Kansas City, Missouri; and Provo, Utah.
In February 2014, Google announced it was considering rolling out Google Fiber service to the Georgia cities of Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, College Park, Decatur, East Point, Hapeville, Sandy Springs and Smyrna. The cities are part of a broader rollout that involves eight other metropolitan area, including Charlotte, Raleigh-Durham and Nashville.
Comcast fastest speed is 505 Mbps, but is about $300 per month and requires special commercial equipment.