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Super Fast WiFi - Google Fiber heads to Austin

Published April 15th, 2013

Google is taking its superfast Internet service Google Fiber to Austin, Texas, the company announced today.

The tech giant plans to start connecting homes with its Gigabit Internet service, which offers 1Gbps broadband Internet service, by the middle of 2014. It's letting citizens choose between having the Internet service or both the Internet and Google Fiber TV service. While pricing hasn't been set, the cost will be similar to the prices in Kansas City, Kan. -- the company's first Google Fiber city -- according to a blog post.

Google is also offering a free 5Mbps Internet connection for seven years for a one-time construction fee. It also plans to hook up public organizations -- like schools, hospitals and community centers -- for free.

"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," according to Google's blog post about Austin. "We're sure these folks will do amazing things with gigabit access, and we feel very privileged to have been welcomed to their community."

The city and Google announced their joint press conference last week, setting off speculation that Google Fiber was going to Austin.


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