Google Fiber Coming to IT Startup Hub Austin
Austin, a hotspot of Web-based startups, appears to be a natural fit for a community interested in super-fast Internet.Residents of the tech-friendly Texas capital city will soon be able to enjoy Internet speeds up to 100 times faster than what most people in the United States currently experience, thanks to Google Fiber, which KVUE News, citing multiple City of Austin sources, reported will be installed across the city. Austin has long been rumored to be an early city for Google to expand the service into, and a Google press conference scheduled for April 9 has only added to the speculation. The project, an effort to provide broadband Internet infrastructure using fiber-optic communication, boasts download speeds of up to 1,000M bps and was first implemented in Kansas City, Kan. Austin, a hotspot of Web-based startups, would be a natural fit for a community interested in super-fast Internet—Dell, Apple, Cisco and many other major tech companies have offices there, and thousands of graduates each year from the engineering and computer science programs at the University of Texas at Austin provide a steady source of employees that help fuel Austin's technology sector. Pricing for Google Fiber in Kansas City starts at $70 per month for 1G-bit Internet access alone, and up to $120 per month for 1G-bit Internet access as well as Google Fiber TV. The Google TV package also includes a Nexus 7 tablet that can be used as a remote control. One terabyte of cloud storage is included with the Internet-only package, while 2TB of DVR storage is included with the TV/Internet package. Residents will also be eligible for free Internet access at a lower speed under the sign-up program, according to Google.
Google has been unveiling Fiber in sections of Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan., since the fall of 2012, in the first deployments of a system that the company hopes will go national in the future. In December 2012, Google announced that five more neighborhoods in the Kansas City area would be getting its fiber services as the rollout continues there.