Google Fiber vs. AT&T
We researched these top fiber providers to find the best option for your needs.
*Data as of 5/10/21. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.
Google Fiber offers some of the fastest home internet speeds available in the US. AT&T also offers good fiber speeds, but has much broader coverage and slightly lower prices. AT&T has the widest range of plan options, but both services offer excellent plans.
Pros and cons: Google Fiber vs. AT&T
- Gigabit and multigigabit speeds (1,000–2,000 Mbps)
- No contracts
- No hidden fees
- Limited availability
- Speeds up to 940 Mbps
- Wider availability
- No contracts
- Price hikes after 1 year
- Some additional fees
Plans and pricing: Google Fiber vs. AT&T
Google Fiber offers blazing fast fiber speeds at a price that’s on par with what many providers charge for much slower speeds. AT&T has a range of slightly slower plans for those who don’t need the extra speed but still want to take advantage of the other benefits of fiber connections. These slower plans are also slightly cheaper. Unlike Google Fiber, whose prices never change, AT&T’s plans go up after a year, so the savings over Google Fiber are pretty minimal over the long haul.
Google Fiber plans and pricing
|Google Fiber 1 Gig||$70/mo.||1 Gbps (1,000 Mbps)|
|Google Fiber 2 Gig||$100/mo.||2 Gbps (2,000 Mbps)|
Data as of 5/10/21. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.
*Plus taxes and fees. Service not available in all areas. If you live in an apartment or condo, Google Fiber’s ability to construct and provide Fiber is subject to the continued agreement between Google Fiber and the property owner. Upload/download speed and device streaming claims are based on maximum wired speeds. Actual Internet speeds are not guaranteed and may vary based on factors such as hardware and software limitations, latency, packet loss, etc
Google Fiber was one of the first providers to offer fiber-optic connections to residential homes and was the driving force behind the current explosion of providers switching over to fiber.1 Although Google Fiber is quite small compared to other internet service providers (ISPs), its plans are ridiculously fast (its slower plan is more than most people could use if they tried) and reasonably priced. If Google Fiber is available in your area, it’s definitely worth checking out.
AT&T plans and pricing
|AT&T Fiber Internet 300||$35/mo.||300 Mbps||View Plan|
|AT&T Fiber Internet 500||$45/mo.||500 Mbps||View Plan|
|AT&T Fiber Internet 1000||$60/mo.||940 Mbps||View Plan|
Data as of 5/10/21.
*for 12 mos, plus taxes & equip. fee. Autopay & Paperless Bill req’d. $10/mo equip. fee applies.
AT&T has a much wider range of fiber plans and coverage areas, with plans starting at 300 Mbps and going all the way up to 940 Mbps. Even the slowest of these plans is more than enough for multiple people to stream 4K video at the same time, so you might find that a cheaper plan is plenty for your needs.
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One important point is that while AT&T’s plans will save you a bit of money in the short term, these prices also go up after the first year. You can still get a lower monthly bill by choosing a plan with lower download speeds, but your savings over Google Fiber won’t be that dramatic.
Extra fees: Google Fiber vs. AT&T
|Equipment Fee||Installation Fee|
2-3 sentences calling out finer details of ISP fees and any fine print that could cost users money beyond the plan price (ie data overages, paying extra to have no contract, or to break a contract).
Internet types: Google Fiber vs. AT&T
|AT&T Fiber||Fiber||View Plans|
Both AT&T and Google Fiber offer fiber-to-the-home, which means that the fast and reliable fiber-optic cables that make up the backbone of these providers’ networks goes all the way to your home, rather than switching to a slower technology like DSL or cable for the “last mile” of your connection.
While fiber is the fastest type of internet connection available, it also has many other benefits. It has low latency, which is good for video chat and online games. It also has high upload speeds, which is good for streamers and other content creators.
AT&T also offers connections other than fiber, though these tend to be slower connections for a similar price.
Find out more about fiber.
Data caps: BRAND A vs. BRAND B
|Google Fiber||No data caps|
|AT&T Fiber||No data caps||View Plans|
Neither Google Fiber nor AT&T have data caps on their fiber plans. This is important when you could be burning through a gigabyte of data every eight seconds (or less!). You should never have to worry about your speeds being throttled after hitting a certain data threshold on either of these plans.
Contracts: BRAND A vs. BRAND B
|Google Fiber||No contract|
|AT&T Fiber||No contract||View Plans|
Google Fiber doesn’t make its users sign a contract, trusting that you’ll be satisfied enough with its service that you won’t want to switch. AT&T now offers a similar no-contract plan to new customers. So you won’t have to worry about hefty early termination fees with either provider if you decide to switch.
Installation: BRAND A vs. BRAND B
|Google Fiber||Free professional installation|
|AT&T Fiber||$99 professional installation||View Plans|
Data as of 5/10/21.
Fiber connections are generally quite a bit more complicated than technologies like DSL, so most fiber providers require professional installation. Google Fiber does this for free (and does an excellent job). AT&T charges $99 for its professional installation, which is a reasonable price but not as good as free.
Availability: Google Fiber vs. AT&T
Google Fiber’s biggest drawback is its very limited availability. Although it’s begun expanding to new cities, it still covers less than 1% of the US population.2
AT&T, on the other hand, has been steadily upgrading its nationwide network to offer fiber connections. While so far it’s been able to bring fiber only to 30% of its customers, that’s still over 12 times more households than Google Fiber currently reaches.2
Final call: Google Fiber vs. AT&T
Both Google Fiber and AT&T Fiber offer fast, reliable connections that are a great value. Google Fiber has some faster options and AT&T has some cheaper options, though the additional fees with AT&T plans mean that you probably won’t be saving much over Google Fiber.
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Our HighSpeedInternet.com editorial team bases our analyses on customer input from our annual customer satisfaction survey, results from our speed test tool, and proprietary internet provider data on speeds and pricing. To strengthen our research, we look closely at provider contracts to get hard-to-find information on price hikes, data caps, and extra fees, and we keep tabs on the latest news reports and online reviews. When applicable, we also rely on our personal experiences testing these services.
- Blair Levin and Larry Downes, Harvard Business Review, “Why Google Fiber Is High-Speed Internet’s Most Successful Failure,” September 7, 2018. Accessed May 10, 2021.
- Federal Communications Commission, “Fixed Broadband Deployment,” Accessed May 10, 2021.
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