AT&T Fiber vs. Google Fiber Internet Review 2022

Google’s speeds are unbeatable, but AT&T’s cheaper plans and wider availability make it the better choice for most.

Best for Most People
AT&T Internet
AT&T Internet
4.3 out of 5 stars
4.25
Monthly price:
$55.00
/mo
Download speeds
75100 Mbps
Data cap
1 TBUnlimited
Best for Super High Speeds
Google Fiber
Google Fiber
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
Monthly price:
$70.00
/mo
Download speeds
10002000 Mbps
Data cap
Unlimited
Easton Smith
Mobile, TV, & Moving Expert
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March 15, 2022
5 min read

There was a lot of buzz about Google Fiber when it first launched back in 2010. However, the service hasn’t expanded much since its “pause” in 2016.

But you know what has expanded? That’s right, AT&T’s fiber optic internet service.

So, which of these two internet service providers (ISPs) is better? The short answer is AT&T offers a wider variety of plans—including cheaper options—and is available in more areas. But, for those who need super-fast internet, Google Fiber is simply unbeatable.

From prices and performance to perks and customer service, we’ll go over everything you need to know.

AT&T Internet pros and cons

Pro Heading
Pros
Pro Bullet Four powerful plans to choose from
Pro Bullet Available in 21 states
Pro Bullet Excellent customer service
Con Heading
Cons
Con Bullet No 2000 Mbps plan
Con Bullet Can get expensive

Google Fiber pros and cons

Pro Heading
Pros
Pro Bullet Unbeatable data speeds
Pro Bullet Good price for gig-speed plan
Pro Bullet Free equipment rental
Con Heading
Cons
Con Bullet Only available in 13 cities
Con Bullet 2,000 Mbps plan is pricey
Want to see how AT&T compares to other ISPs?
Heads Up

AT&T’s wide availability means that it competes with several different ISPs in different areas. Check out our reviews of Spectrum vs. AT&T and Xfinity vs. AT&T to see how the company holds up.

Find the best fiber internet options in your area.

AT&T Internet vs. Google Fiber: Prices

Winner: AT&T has better options, but Google’s price for gig-speed internet is unbeatable

AT&T’s lower-level plans are the cheapest between the two ISPs, but Google offers the best deal on a gig-speed plan.

So, those who are okay with a 100–500 Mbps plan should probably sign up with the A Team, but those who want speeds of 1,000+ Mbps should go with the Big G.

We’ll take a closer look at each company’s plans and pricing right now, beginning with AT&T.

AT&T fiber internet prices and plans
Plan
Price
Download speed
Data cap
Details
AT&T Internet 100$55.00/mo.*100 MbpsUnlimited
AT&T Internet 300$55.00/mo.300 MbpsUnlimited
AT&T Internet 500$65.00/mo.500 MbpsUnlimited
AT&T Internet 1000$80.00/mo.940 MbpsUnlimited
Data effective 04/18/22. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
* for 12 mos, plus taxes. Price after $5/mo Autopay & Paperless bill discount (w/in 2 bills). Plus taxes $ fees. Limited availability. May not be available in your area. Call or go to att.com/internet to see if you qualify.
Price after $5/mo Autopay & Paperless bill discount (w/in 2 bills). Plus taxes & fees. Internet speed claims represent maximum network service capability speeds and based on wired connection to gateway. Actual customer speeds may vary based on a number of factors and are not guaranteed. For more information, go to www.att.com/speed101.
Price after $5/mo Autopay & Paperless bill discount (w/in 2 bills). Plus taxes & fees. Internet speed claims represent maximum network service capability speeds and based on wired connection to gateway. 1GIG speeds avail. to new customers with the latest router ("BGW320") and recommended setup. Actual customer speeds may vary based on a number of factors and are not guaranteed.

AT&T offers four different fiber plans, from 100–940 Mbps. If you’re wondering why the first two in the chart plans have the same price ($55/mo.), it’s because they’re available in different markets. In some areas, AT&T’s lowest-tier fiber plan is 100 Mbps, in other areas it’s 300, but the price is always the same.

Overall, we’re pleased with AT&T’s prices (which is one of the reasons it made it onto our list of the very best ISPs). They’re pretty similar to other great fiber providers, like Verizon Fios, and there aren’t any major red flags, like huge price hikes after the first few months.

What about free perks?
Light Bulb

You’ll get a free HBO Max subscription from AT&T when you sign up for the company’s 1,000 Mbps plan.

Meanwhile, Google Fiber eschews free subscription perks, relying on simple speed and performance to lure in customers, and that seems to be good enough.

AT&T’s prices start looking a little less impressive at the higher tiers, especially when you compare them to Google Fiber.

Google Fiber prices and plans
Plan
Price
Download speed
Data cap
Details
Google Fiber 1000$70.00/mo.^1000 MbpsUnlimited
Google Fiber 2000$100.00/mo.^2000 MbpsUnlimited
Data as of 11/11/21. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
^ Terms and Conditions: Plus taxes and fees. Service not available in all areas. If you live in an apartment or condo, Google Fibers 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

Yep, Google Fiber has just two plans—a one gig option and a two gig option. It’s kind of like walking into a Burger King and learning that they only sell Double Whoppers and Triple Whoppers. These options might be more than some people need, but if you’re really hungry, it’s going to hit the spot.

Big families, serious gamers, and those who work from home may find themselves eating through internet bandwidth at an alarming rate. This is when it makes sense to upgrade to a super-high-speed plan like those that Google Fiber offers.

There is one other plan we should mention called Google Fiber Webpass. We didn’t put it in the chart because it’s kind of a unique one that’s only available in certain buildings in specific cities, like Austin, Denver, and San Francisco.

Webpass gives you speeds up to 1,000 Mbps and costs up to $70. But the exact speed and pricing can vary by location.

Where is Google Fiber available?
Megaphone

Here’s the complete list of Google Fiber cities:

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Austin, TX
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Huntsville, AL
  • Kansas City, KS/MO
  • Nashville, TN
  • Orange County, CA
  • Provo, UT
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • San Antonio, TX
  • The Triangle, NC
  • West Des Moines, IA

AT&T Internet vs. Google Fiber: Internet speed and data caps

Winner: Google Fiber is the fastest, but AT&T gives you more options to choose from

Both AT&T and Google Fiber have made it onto our list for the fastest ISPs. But each one has its own particular strengths.

If you’re just looking at sheer speed, then Google Fiber is the clear winner. Not only does it offer an unbelievably fast 2,000 Mbps plan (that’s twice as fast as AT&T’s fastest plan), but the company also consistently scores the highest in independent speed tests like those on HighSpeedInternet.com.1

Not sure how much speed you need?
Pin

We’ve written up a neat little guide to help you figure out just how many Mbps you need to fuel your streaming, gaming, working, and other internet habits.

AT&T may not be able to keep up with Google in terms of top speeds. But sometimes it’s the tortoise, not the hare, that wins the race.

AT&T’s wider variety of plans—including cheaper 100, 300, and 500 Mbps options—might make it a better option for those who could want to upgrade (or downgrade) their internet in the future.

AT&T Internet vs. Google Fiber download and upload speed comparison
Provider
Download speeds
Upload speeds
Details
75100 Mbps8100 Mbps
10002000 Mbps1000 Mbps

One last thing to remember is that you won’t always get the top speeds that an ISP advertises. Even if you’re on a 1,000 Mbps plan, you might only see speeds of 300-400 Mbps when the network is busy.

So shopping for an internet plan is kind of like buying shoes for kids: go a size bigger so there’s room to grow.

What ever happened to Google Fiber TV and cell phone plans?
Info Box

Google Fiber used to be the next big thing. It wasn’t just internet service. Google waded into the TV and cell phone market with Fiber TV and Google Fi flexible cell data plans. You can still check out the best Google Fi cell phone plans in our review.

Unfortunately though, the TV service is no longer available to new customers. But you can learn about some great alternatives in our video.

AT&T Internet vs. Google Fiber: Data caps

This section is going to be short and sweet because neither ISP has data caps on their fiber internet plans.

That means you can do all kinds of ill-advised things, like game till 3 a.m., binge watch all of Succession in a single weekend, or download tons of totally legal torrents onto your computer without worrying about a data cutoff or hefty overage fee.

AT&T Internet vs. Google Fiber: Customer service

Winner: AT&T is at the top of the charts for customer satisfaction

AT&T is at the very AT&T Internet vs. Google Fiber: Data caps top of the American Customer Satisfaction Index’s (ACSI) latest ranking for internet service providers.2 That means that thousands of people ranked the company above competitors like Spectrum, Verizon, and Optimum.

That doesn’t mean AT&T is perfect. There are still some online complaints from customers about outages and billing errors. But, if you compare these complaints to other telecommunications companies, AT&T looks like a saint.

What about Google Fiber? Unfortunately, the company is a bit too small to be included in the ACSI’s latest telecommunications report. But customer reviews and third-party evaluations are mixed. Some people are very happy, but there are a fair share of complaints about billing issues.

If you need to get in touch with either company, you can reach them with the following contact info.

Google Fiber:

AT&T:

Check out our customer service tips if you’re having issues reaching your ISP.

AT&T Internet vs. Google Fiber: Which is better?

Best for Most People
AT&T Internet
AT&T Internet
Our Rating
4.3 out of 5 stars
4.25
Starting from
$55.00
/mo
Download speeds: 100-940 Mbps
Data effective 04/20/2022. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.

AT&T and Google are two of the best fiber internet providers in the industry right now. AT&T offers a wider variety of plans and prices in more locations, but where Google Fiber is available, it has the best overall performance.

  • Price: AT&T. AT&T offers plans for as low as $55 a month, and has four different speed tiers to choose from.
  • Internet speed: Google Fiber. Google can take you to warp-speed with its incredible 1,000 and 2,000 Mbps plans.
  • Data caps: Tie. Both companies will give you unlimited data! Nice.
  • Customer service: AT&T. In an industry that’s known for its shoddy customer service, AT&T stands out for its truly helpful service team.
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
Download speeds
10002000 Mbps
Starts at
$70.00
/mo
Data effective 04/26/2022. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
  1. HighSpeedInternet.com, “Fastest Internet Providers 2022
  2. American Customer Satisfaction Index, “ACSI Telecommunications Study 2020-2021
Easton Smith
Written by
Easton Smith
Easton has worked as a freelance writer and researcher for several years, reviewing health, lifestyle, and technology products. He has probably read more Terms of Use contracts than any human alive. When he’s not sitting in front of a computer, Easton spends his time camping, climbing, and volunteering with humanitarian aid organizations.

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