Austin Next to Be Lit Up With Google Fiber

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News Posted: Sat, Apr 6 2013 2:50 PM
Only a few months after Google brought Gigabit broadband to Kansas City, Google is rumored to be gearing up for its next metropolis: Austin, Texas. Google is planning a big press conference in Austin next week. The word is that Austin and Google have an announcement to make. Google and Austin officials haven’t admitted to anything yet, but with rumors flying and a Tuesday conference planned, it’s worth taking note of.

So, why all the commotion about Gigabit broadband? Speed, of course. With Gigabit broadband, you’re looking at being able to watch streaming video at higher resolutions than the 720p most streaming video is limited to. Top speeds will 100 times as fast as typical broadband. Even with Google Fiber, things like 4K streaming will be dependent on a service being able to provide it, but – wouldn’t you know – Netflix is working on just that.


Google Fiber looks like a ton of bandwidth for not much more than you're probably paying now.
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Kansas City (both Kansas and Missouri sides) has been enjoying Google Fiber as it works its way through one neighborhood after another. Residents have some tantalizing broadband options, including years of free regular broadband (after paying a $300 upfront fee) and Gigabit Internet for $70 off. That’s probably not much more than you’re paying now, for wildly faster Internet. If you want Gigabit and TV, you’ll pay $120 a month.

If you live in Austin, do you think you’ll sign up for Google Fiber? If you live in Kansas City, do you have it already? Let us know in the comments.
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Very cool. I hope they keep expanding that until it's everywhere. :)

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Austin is lucky. I hope it get's to Phoenix, AZ. I love my product, but options and competition is a good thing.

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Yes, yes we are. http://googlefiberatx.com

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OSunday replied on Sat, Apr 6 2013 7:55 PM

This is good news and I'm glad to hear Google Fiber is finally being taken to a major city where it can really get taken advantage of... This just sort of has me wishing I'd accepted my offer to UT instead of going to school in CO haha

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ajm531 replied on Sat, Apr 6 2013 8:36 PM

Please Please release it in Austin then move south just 50 miles to san antonio please. I would absolutely sign up for this

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My uncle Thomas is an ISP and our small town of 10,000 HAS FIBER OPTIC INTERNET. i get 500+ MBPS Download speeds on my computer at work. The only limiting factor is the contract with our ISP.

That plus the new 200 dollar router i bought that broadcasts on the 5 ghz range or 500 MBPS honestly makes me hard a little. i cant get enough internet, i love it. the only loading time i have is the loading time of the website because of their slow servers.

All i need is to get a computer that can handle it.

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PS: i will upload screen shots for you non believers later this week.

and i live in Northern Arizona, about 30 min away from the nearest population center, or at least a not entirely small town.

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Clixxer replied on Sun, Apr 7 2013 4:36 AM

ajm531:

Please Please release it in Austin then move south just 50 miles to san antonio please. I would absolutely sign up for this

Heh im hoping it comes to Dallas. Im sure though if all goes well for Austin that San Antonio would be next before they branch out to their next big city. I know the big issues with Dallas and Houston is alot of cable lines are being put underground which is costly and Austin is still about 80-85% still up on the poles. Which is the same reason they went to KC first was cost to actually get the network up and running.

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sevags replied on Sun, Apr 7 2013 9:05 AM

Los Angeles is where this service needs to come to!!!!

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3vi1 replied on Sun, Apr 7 2013 9:12 AM

Ahhh... now it finally makes sense as to why North Korea would want to nuke it.

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