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Google Fiber Rumored for Launch in Austin, Texas

Google Fiber Rumored for Launch in Austin, Texas
Charles Chong

Kansas City is a small city of less than half a million people.  It’s quiet, clean, and, the for the most part, unremarkable.  It’s the type of city that I would like to live in when I retire forty years from now.  But Kansas City currently has something every other city wants, but can’t have: Google Fiber.  Google chose Kansas City as a test bed for the launch of Google Fiber, which is the world’s first consumer available gigabit internet service.  It provides 1Gbps (Gigabits per second, or 1000Mbps) worth of bandwidth for US$70 a month or US$120 a month for internet and TV services.  Otherwise, everyone else gets 5Mbps down and 1Mbps up for free.  Essentially, Kansas City became the place you wanted to be for blistering fast internet download speeds.

However, it’s been rumored that a new city will be added as the world’s second consumer available gigabit internet service: Austin, Texas.  One of the first sites to report this rumor was Engadget, which released an article on April 5th mentioning the possibility.  Then there was a press release calling VIPs in Austin for an event co-hosted by Google and city officials.  After putting the pieces together, it would seem that Austin is highly likely as the next city to receive bountiful internet blessings.

If this rumor is true, then Austinites can expect Google Fiber to be up and running in select neighborhoods by sometime late next year.  Google will have to first build a network throughout the neighborhoods then individually install Google Fiber receivers both inside each home and out.  However, don’t expect the whole of Austin to be up and running with Google Fiber anytime soon.  When Kansas City was first announced to receive Google Fiber in March 30, 2011, it was only in July 2012 that Google announced the price for its service.  And even now, only half of Kansas City is eligible for the service, although many new neighborhoods are currently under construction.

That’s 2 cities down, and 19,427 more to go!