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Google Releases Further Details About Google Fiber Rollout in Austin, TX

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It was made official yesterday that Google Fiber would be coming to Austin, Texas. While I don’t find it fair at all, the folks down there are as excited as ever, and Google is finally releasing more details about the roll out. According to their post, homes won’t begin to be setup until mid-2014. That seems like quite the wait, but it should be completely worth it. 

Our goal is to start connecting homes in Austin by mid-2014. Customers there will have a similar choice of products as our customers in Kansas City: Gigabit Internet or Gigabit Internet plus our Google Fiber TV service with nearly 200 HD TV channels. We’re still working out pricing details, but we expect them to be roughly similar to Kansas City.

Also, as in Kansas City, we’re going to offer customers a free Internet connection at 5 mbps for 7 years, provided they pay a one-time construction fee. We’re also planning to connect many public institutions as we build in Austin— schools, hospitals, community centers, etc. — at a gigabit for no charge. If you live in Austin and want to sign up for more information, please visit our website.

To go along with the announcement, Google released a video for the occasion. There is even a shot of Sergey Brin in there, but I am pretty sure it’s his doppelgänger since he isn’t wearing Google Glass. No way can that be him.

Via: Google Blog

  • http://twitter.com/JohnnyACE562 GRAND MASTER SEN$Ei {{-_-}}™

    Los Angeles next please. {{-_-}}

  • Liderc

    The redneck Senator killed it for me. I just hope they continue to expand and make a real go of this, there’s no reason not to just go for it.

  • Chris Mullins

    Shouldn’t they release it, I dunno, somewhere more… California-y? Like where they are based, where technology booms, where people go to see things like CES or E3. I guess hot, death-penalty toting, flat and unexciting TX is where it’s at though.

    • Liderc

      Agreed, I don’t even live in California, but it seems like it would be smart to put it where a lot of the tech shows go down so that we can all benefit from it by getting conferences and videos and everything online quicker where it’s all “happening.”

    • http://twitter.com/arturpk Artur Kubalski

      “Google is a big believer in protecting the environment for future generations, but certain types of state and local environmental rules make investment very difficult,” he explained. ” Laws like the California Environmental Quality Act can make it prohibitively expensive for companies to invest in new projects, such as our fiber project, within California.” Thats why google fiber isn’t in California

      • http://twitter.com/JohnnyACE562 GRAND MASTER SEN$Ei {{-_-}}™

        Where did you read this? {{-_-}}

    • Pedro

      You should travel to the Hill Country of the business friendly, debt free state that is Texas. You forgot to mention no state income tax.

      And I’m with you about the heat.

  • rich

    I honestly don’t see what the big deal is. Vz FiOS is fiber to the home, and has the same capabilities of Google fiber. Idk wtf the big deal is.

    • Warwick

      Wish one of these came to San Jose CA. I was gonna sign up for Fios to find out they dont offer it in my “area”

    • noc007

      You can get 1 gigabit symmetrical with FIOS? I thought they were asymmetrical and the upload was a fraction of the download. There’s a lot that I could do with gigabit upload.

  • renGek

    I’m not sure what I would be more excited about, faster internet without paying an arm or a leg or making that phone call to tell comcast how much they suck so I’m dropping them.

    • http://www.facebook.com/JasonKWhite Jason Kenneth White

      Oh yes. I get to make that call to Time Warner Cable in June!! It’s going to be fantastic. I’ll probably treat myself to an ice cream cone directly afterwards.

  • pinochio

    i can’t wait for this to hit… will definitely make any location having access to Google’s new network more desirable… as silly as this sounds, my choice of location here in Travis County was based on internet connectivity availability and location together… this new network is going to be insane!

    • noc007

      My wife thought I was nuts when I told her internet access is a factor in where we live. Part of the reason is I get to work from home about 40% of the time so a solid fast internet connection is a necessity. Then I configured the firewall to throttle the internet down to what a crappy internet connection would be like and had it randomly drop 2% of packets; she nearly went bonkers. After explaining that’s what crappy internet is like, she now understands.

  • Ian Winchell

    I don’t care where they expand it too, so long as they are expanding it. The more they expand it, the more pressure they put on ISP’s through competition the more it benefits everyone.

    • Joey

      Very true, my sentiments exactly.

    • Austin Warren

      Doubt it. No other companies give a sh*t or they’d do something now. Considering a US rollout would cost $140 bil, they have no reason to worry about pressure.

      • Ian Winchell

        First, they are in two cities and not even completely. Second, when do ISP’s do ANYTHING, at all, and given that they have never had to deal with competition I’m not even sure they would know what to do. And do what exactly, as long as google jumps through all the regulatory hoops necessary and can pry local monopoly agreements away from the ISP’s, there isn’t a whole lot they CAN do about it, even if they wanted to.

        • michael arazan

          I thought it was three cities, San Fran, KC, and now Houston

          • Ian Winchell

            Not as far as i know, it’s just KC and Austin (not houston), for now. But when they rolled out KC they said they had no immediate plans to expand to other cities, and now they are going up in Austin so it’s only a matter of time.

      • Travis

        You couldn’t be more wrong. If companies ignore Fiber like they ignored Google Chrome then Comcast, Verizon, etc. will become the new Internet Explorer. Everyone laughed at Chrome when it was first released. What people don’t realize is Fiber doesn’t need marketshare, they need to make others afraid of stifling innovation.

      • dhirensavalia

        If Google Fiber takes big accounts from other ISPs, then those ISPs will have to do something to recoup from those losses. They will finally have to be competitive instead of sticking as an oligopoly.

      • MKader17

        This is exactly how big companies lose there market and go bankrupt. There have been too many times that a company has ignored their competitors because it was “impossible”.

    • Geoff Johnson

      Considering how AT&T has just announced they plan to roll out gigabit fiber to the same market as Google Fiber promised in Austin, I would beg to differ.

      • noc007

        The sad thing is it shouldn’t take such an action to make AT&T or any ISP to jump. We should already have FTTH as part of the $200+ Billion the telcos got from the 1996 Telecommunications Act.

        As a side note, if I had the choice between AT&T and Google fiber, I’d choose Google. I’ve seen what they consider business grade fiber and the shenanigans they pull. I can’t imagine what kind of crappy fiber service they’d provide to residences.

      • Ian Winchell

        huh? i think the at&t announcement verifies my statement.

        • Geoff Johnson

          Sorry, I meant to quote Austin Warren

          • Ian Winchell

            gotchya, no worries

  • Austin Warren

    Move Google Fiber to somewhere that is actually worth living in. Preferably Washington. Fiber and no state income tax. I’ll take it.

    • http://twitter.com/iftttalerts ifttt alerts

      Hmm, no state income tax? Sounds like Austin.

      • Austin Warren

        Never said it didn’t. I just don’t want 80 plus degrees every day and definitely not 100 plus summers.. I’m already around too much heat.

        • RepublicansAreSoStupid

          Well maybe next time Google should ring you up before they decide on the next city and they can start at your house. Because clearly everything google does has to center around you.

          • Austin Warren

            Never said that either. Surprised your username is that, because you sound like a republican right now.

    • Adam Neighbors

      Texas has no income tax…. Austin is great.

      • Big_EZ

        Austin is one of the least “Texas” cities in Texas.

    • Joey
    • duke69111

      Have you ever been to Kansas City or Austin, let alone lived there? How do you know its not worth living here?

      • noc007

        If I was single, I’d probably be living in Chattanooga (EPB Fiber), Kansas City,or looking for a job in Austin. But I’ve got a wife and a kid and my wife has too many friends and family to move. Seriously, my in-laws have helped a lot with our kid.

        Google just needs to come to where I live. They already occupy a number of datacenters here and even have one they own.

    • Bionic

      Washington sucks

  • mikeGsays

    Reason number 1,000,000 why I’m planning to move to Austin!