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WASHINGTON — AT&T is trying to improve its high-speed internet service in Austin, Texas, ahead of the arrival of Google’s high-speed fiber optics cable network next year.

google fiberReuters reported that AT&T is trying to defend the Austin market, which is a booming high-tech industry center.

Google announced last April that it will install its 1 gigabit-per-second service, Google Fiber, to Texas’ capital city, and AT&T promised to match it (but only if it received the same regulatory standing as Google did). By this December, AT&T promised to provide 300 megabits-per-second service then upgrade it to 1 gigabit-per-second midway through 2014.

What is the difference? The increased speed would allow users to download an entire high-definition movie in less than a minute, or so they say.

Kansas City, Missouri and Provo, Utah are other recipients of the Google Fiber service.

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