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Google Fiber expansion to Austin, TX now official [VIDEO]

A few days ago, Google let slip that it would be bringing Google Fiber, the company’s gigabit internet service, to Austin, TX, but the trigger appeared to have been pulled a bit too early. An empty blog post didn’t give us many details, but we at least knew it was on its way. Welp, it didn’t take long for Google to make the actual announcement as it has done just that.

Residents in Austin can expect to see connection opportunities starting in mid-2014, and while pricing hasn’t been set in stone just yet it’s expected to be priced similarly to the Kansas City installation. Users can choose gigabit internet or internet + television, with over 200 HD channels being delivered to your big screen if you want to ditch your trusty cable provider.

If you’re not down with Fiber and the costs associated with it, you might be happy to know that Google will also provide free broadband internet — a 5 megabit ordeal — for anyone who’s willing to pay a one-time construction fee. You can feed on this limited connection for up to 7 years, a noble effort by Google to get as many people connected to the internet as humanly possible.

The Google Fiber rollout has been a bit slow to say the least, but show me another company who’s taking the initiative like Google is and I’ll send you a bucket of Bubba Gump Shrimp with haste. We’re glad someone’s trying at all, and we’re glad Google’s trials in Kansas City went smoothly enough to warrant expansion to a city that is quickly growing into a technological oasis. Watch the video above to get more insight into what the expansion to Austin means by Googlers and other key figures from the area.

[via Google]




  • Tyler

    I wish I could stomach living in a highly populated area simply so I could have a reasonable shot at Google Fiber.

    • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

      Well then, no fiber for you farmboy, ‘cept in your wheaties…

      • Tyler

        Alas, it’s wine country, not wheat. So I still have to deal with the obnoxious city douche bags.

  • Mike

    We have had fiber to the home in several cities in Utah for several years now. Fiber has been so nice. It’s neat to see other cities getting it.

    • Covert_Death

      you may have fiber, as i do too, but you don’t have gigabit Ethernet… its CAPABLE but your cable company won’t do it

  • Covert_Death

    I have been praying for this LMAO, I move to Austin to work at National Instruments in January…. CAN NOT WAIT!

  • ac

    Please expand to LA (wishful thinking)! I have been searching for ways to get rid of Time Warner Cable!

  • Blkegk

    please come to Houston! we have a decent fiber network already set, we just need Google to bring their services here.