Search giant Google has confirmed its will be bringing its 1Gbit/s internet service to the Lone Star state, as it starts a serious ramp up of its fibre project.
Austin, Texas is to become the second Google Fiber city, after Kanas City, with homes starting to be connected by mid-2014.
The deployment has been welcomed by locals, with Michael Rollins, president of the Austin Chamber of Commerce predicting that the deployment of high-speed internet infrastructure could provide the bedrock for future traffic congestion and smart grid initiatives.
“Google Fiber’s expanded access to ultra high-speed networks will support Austin’s ‘quality of place’ and will be a great resource for our students, entrepreneurs and businesses,” he said.
The plans were announced by Milo Medin, vice president of Access Services at Google, who promised customers in Austin could expect similar deals to those offered in Kanas City.
There, Google offers access to its gigabit internet service for $70 per month, with additional options for those wanting TV channels.
“Also, as in Kansas City, we’re going to offer customers a free Internet connection at 5Mbit/s for seven years, provided they pay a one-time construction fee,” wrote Medin on a company blog.
Google first unveiled its fibre plans back in 2010, with a promise to build 1Gbit/s fibre-to-the-home connections for up to 500,000 people.
At the time, Google claimed to be interested in how developers used ultra-fast services to devise new apps, and to test new ways to build fibre networks.
One of its first trial was to connect up faculty and staff-owned homes around Stanford University.
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