Google to rollout high-speed broadband in Austin, Texas

9 Apr 2013

The city of Austin, Texas, is to receive a boost in the form of the rollout of Google Fibre, the same high-speed fibre network the internet search giant has been rolling out across Kansas City since November.

“Today, we’re pleased to announce with Mayor Lee Leffingwell that Austin, Texas is becoming a Google Fiber city,” Milo Medin, vice-president, Access Services, wrote on Google’s Official Blog.

“It’s a mecca for creativity and entrepreneurialism, with thriving artistic and tech communities, as well as the University of Texas and its new medical research hospital. We’re sure these folks will do amazing things with gigabit access, and we feel very privileged to have been welcomed to their community.”

Medin said Google aims to start connecting homes in Austin by mid-2014, and the company also plans to connect public institutions. Customers will have a similar choice of products as those in Kansas City, and prices are expected to be about the same.

“Communities that are connected to the internet grow stronger because there’s greater potential to create jobs, drive economic growth, and help businesses succeed,” Medin wrote.

“We believe the Internet’s next chapter will be built on gigabit speeds, and we hope this new Google Fiber city will inspire communities across America to think about what ultrafast connectivity could mean for them.”

Tina Costanza was a journalist and sub-editor at Silicon Republic