Google Fiber Coming to Austin, Texas

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - Google Fiber announced that it has chosen Austin, Texas as its next Google Fiber city. Milo Medin, vice president of Google Fiber, cited Austin as 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." He continues, "We’re sure these folks will do amazing things with gigabit access, and we feel very privileged to have been welcomed to their community."

Google plans to start connecting homes in Austin by mid-2014. Customers there will have a similar choice of products as those in Kansas City: Gigabit Internet or Gigabit Internet plus Google Fiber TV service with nearly 200 HD TV channels. While pricing is still being worked out Google plans to follow its Kansas City model in many ways. According to Medlin, "As in Kansas City, we’re going to offer customers a free Internet connection at 5 Mbps for seven years, provided they pay a one-time construction fee. We’re also planning to connect many public institutions as we build in Austin— schools, hospitals, community centers, etc. — at a gigabit for no charge."

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