It was recently announced that Austin, TX is going to get Google Fiber. Yes, Google Fiber!
Most of you are probably asking, what the heck is Google Fiber. You can read the wiki page here.
Essentially, Google Fiber is an experimental broadband network that will offer internet at a rate of 100 times faster than what most people have coming into their house. 100 times faster, that’s crazy!
Over a year ago, Google announced a competition with more than 1000 cities of who was going to get it first. Well, Kansas City, KS is on the top of the list, followed by Austin, TX. As of now, Google hasn’t revealed plans to bring fiber anywhere else.
This article explains why Google may not bring it anywhere else. The thought is that Google has no intention of getting into the broadband delivery market, but by doing this experiment, it pushes the other internet providers to innovate and compete. Essentially, Google wants everyone to have faster internt. The faster interent we have, the more YouTube videos we watch, the more ads we see and the more money Google makes.
Google will be offering 3 options for internet:
- Free broadband
- A 1 Gigabit up and 1 Gigabit down plan for $70
- A 1 Gigabit up and 1 Gigabit down plan that includes TV for $120
Not too shabby. There’s no guarantee that Google Fiber will come to my neighborhood, but I’ve got my fingers crossed.
I liked this Q & A answer on the Google Fiber page:
Question: Why is Google Fiber coming to Austin?
Answer: Austin is known globally as a mecca for creative and entrepreneurial people, including musicians, artists, tech companies, and the University of Texas and its new medical research hospital to name a few. High-speed ubiquitous connectivity can make an immediate impact on the work of all of these groups. When we were originally choosing where to bring Fiber in 2010, Austin had one of the most enthusiastic responses. Austin city leaders have worked hard to make this possible, and we’re excited to be here.
I love this town for so many reason, here’s to one more!
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