AT&T Fiber Internet vs. Other Fiber Internet: What’s the Difference?

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Choosing the right internet service—and the right internet service provider—can sometimes be challenging, especially if there are multiple fiber providers in your area. At this point, many people are aware of the incredible benefits of fiber internet, but it’s not always so clear what separates the various fiber providers. After all, it seems like every fiber company promises great service. But is every fiber internet plan really the same? Not really—which is why it’s important to compare your options, so you know you’re actually getting what you need.

Curious to learn more? Here’s what you need to know about makes AT&T Fiber different from other internet providers.

Plans with simple, straightforward pricing

Maybe you need speed, but you don’t need the top-of-the-line speed. Or maybe you need the fastest, most high-powered connection AT&T offers in your area. Either way, the choice is yours. You can choose a fiber plan at the low end, with 300Mbps (which is still 15 times faster upload speeds than cable[1]) to test the waters, or opt for up to 5 GIG speeds (where available)[2], for the ultimate high-speed experience. You can even start with the low end, and upgrade to the high end. The choice is yours, and AT&T Fiber it comes with no price increase at 12 months, no annual contracts, and no gateway fees.

Fast, easy setup

Nobody likes to waste their valuable time. That’s why with AT&T Fiber you’ll get everything you need for a fast and stress-free installation experience. In some cases, you can self-install with fast, easy instructions, and in others, you’ll be able to get help from an expert technician.

Learn more about AT&T Fiber Installation.

No data caps or overage fees

With some internet service providers, you’re actually only entitled to a certain amount of data allowance on your home internet before you get billed for data overage fees. That’s not the case with AT&T Fiber. AT&T Fiber has no data caps, so you can stream, game, work and browse to your heart’s content, without having to worry about your data usage.

Top-of-the-line connectivity with AT&T All-Fi

Even if you sign up for a high-quality internet plan, not getting the latest technology with your gateway equipment will result in a bad customer experience.  If your Wi-Fi equipment is outdated, you may have issues with Wi-Fi coverage in those hard-to-reach areas. New AT&T Fiber customers include gateway equipment with the latest Wi-Fi technology to help provide you with wall-to-wall coverage.

Learn more about AT&T All-Fi and Wi-FI Equipment.

24/7 proactive internet security with AT&T ActiveArmor

Worried about data breaches and protecting your home Wi-Fi network? Take advantage of AT&T ActiveArmorSM internet security. This handy security offers a network firewall that helps block hundreds of malicious attacks every day, proactively monitors every connected device to prevent internet threats, keeps you informed of your network security, and even offers a VPN—or Virtual Private Network—with secure network encryption for additional security and support.[3]

You can also use advanced content controls to create safe browsing experiences for every member of your household, and receive warnings about unencrypted connections and malicious websites to protect your sensitive data.[4] You can easily manage all these features and more through the Threat Activity Dashboard in the app, where you can get real-time insights on all your connected devices.

Learn more about AT&T ActiveArmor Internet Security.

The free Smart Home Manager App with convenient features

With so many different features, AT&T Fiber has a lot to offer—but don’t be intimidated. It’s easy to manage using the AT&T Smart Home Manager app. With just a couple taps, you can control who gets onto your Wi-Fi network, and for how long. You can even grant guest access and rescind it as needed. You can also easily set parental controls for other members of your connected family, with the option to manage screen time and set up usage schedules.

Smart Home Manager allows you to manage your network in other ways, too. You can view and customize your Wi-Fi name and password, explore data usage reporting and speed tests, and monitor your bandwidth and track data usage by device. You can also test your Wi-Fi signal strength throughout your home using augmented reality, identify areas with weak Wi-Fi that could benefit from Smart Extenders, and easily reboot your Wi-Fi Gateway with a tap.

Learn more about AT&T Smart Home Manager.

Want to learn more and find out if AT&T Fiber is available in your area? Visit the AT&T Fiber page to explore your options.

This article is AT&T sponsored content written by Carly Milne, a TechBuzz contributor. The statements in this article are her own and don’t necessarily represent the positions, strategies, or opinions of AT&T.

[1] Comparison of Internet 300 wired upload connection speed to Xfinity, Spectrum and Cox 300MB, 400MB and 500MB plans with 300MB, 400Mb and 500MB download and 10MB and 20MB upload

[2] Limited availability in select areas. Fastest among major internet service providers, based on 5Gbps offering. Speeds based on wired connection Actual speeds may vary. Single device wired speed maximum 4.7Gbps.  For more info, go to

[3] Guards against known threats only. Requires latest gateway and Smart Home Manager app. Security features must be enabled. VPN on up to 5 connected devices. May not protect against user-authorized access to home network.

[4] May not protect against user-authorized access to home network and detect all compromises of leaks of your personal data. .

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