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Google Fiber Coming To Austin?

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 04:12 PM CDT

Austin's tech-savvy community is buzzing about their internet service possibly getting a major upgrade.  It could be 100 to 1,000 times faster than what you have now.  This is not confirmed, but technology web sites are suggesting that Google is ready to spin its fiber optic web in Austin.  Austin leaders and Google will only say they will have a big announcement tomorrow.


Google already operates a fiber optic based Internet service called Google Fiber in Kansas City.  It provides 1-gigabit internet and TV service using fiber optic cables.  There are literally tiny light pulses traveling down the threads into your house carrying way more information than is possible with conventional copper wiring.  The people who have it love it, but it's not everywhere yet.  The Kansas City Star reports that after a promising launch "the deployment is already a year behind schedule and only available so far in a handful of neighborhoods." 


Fiber optics internet service is not new to Austin either:


--ATT’s Uverse offers Max Turbo service at speeds of up to 24 megs.


--Time Warner has Ultimate service at a top speed of 50 megs.


--Grande claims Peak speed of 110 megs.


But Google fiber promises its Kansas City customers speeds of up 1 gigabit, which is 1,000 megabits.


The Google price points are really attractive in Kansas City.  You get 1,000 megs for what we're paying for 100 or less.  And they also offer a “free” service that is not entirely free.  Essentially you pay $300 dollars for the install and box and you're guaranteed 5 Meg service “free” for seven years.

Google Fiber Coming To Austin?


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