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Can High-Speed Internet Help With Austin's Slow Traffic?

Updated: Friday, August 29 2014, 06:32 PM CDT

Austin is well known for its tech industry, and even more so for its traffic. So, on the heels of Google Fiber's launch, what could high-speed internet mean for Austin's rush hour?

It's obvious Austin is a hot spot for a lot of reasons, more than 100 people move here a day. And with the impending launch of Google Fiber, it's becoming even more attractive, which means more people and more traffic.

Simon Dudley, video evangelist at Lifesize, says, "It's a good thing for Austin, but if we don't change the way we work, if we don't have more people working from home for example, we don't have more smaller offices dotted around the city connected by great communications, then we are going to have a traffic problem."

Video conferencing expert Simon Dudley says it's time to starting thinking outside the box when it comes to clocking in at work. "Google Fiber is going to allow us to have offices in Cedar Park and down in Circle C and they're going to be able to talk to each other perfectly using stuff like life size video for example and that will mean that people don't have to drive around so much. And I think that's going to be a huge advantage for this city," he says.

Google hasn't announced an official launch date for their high-speed network -- but has said it will be hooked up this year.

By Erica Brennes

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Can High-Speed Internet Help With Austin's Slow Traffic?


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