Time Warner rolls out faster internet speeds in Austin

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Time Warner Cable started rolling out faster internet speeds for customers in Central Texas.

A release from the company says that more than 100,000 customers should have the faster service at no extra cost. That’s up to 300 megabits per second. Even more customers will see faster speeds next month.

Information wars rage on in Austin area

Texas-based AT&T said in a regulatory filing Tuesday the deal to buy DirecTV would let it build more fiber connections. The filing said its deal would enable an upgrade to 2 million additional fiber locations, and expand high speed broadband to 13 million locations.

It is still not known how many locations would originally have had fiber access.

DirecTV’s board agreed last month to sell to AT&T for $48.5 billion, pending federal approval.

Grande Communications now has its own one gigabit fiber internet service in parts of Austin, with speeds the same as AT&T. That started in February.

All of this was sparked by the initial announcement of Google Fiber choosing Austin for its second full installation of a Gigabit Fiber network.

The service announced in April of last year hoped to have connection in mid-2014. It is now slated to begin later this year with open sign-up beginning this summer.

Installation has been ongoing around Austin.

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