Google Fiber heads to city

In an announcement last week at Brazos Hall, Google confirmed that Austin will be getting their super high speed Internet, Google Fiber.

“Google Fiber will change how we live and work in ways we don’t know about,” Mayor Lee Leffingwell said.

Google Fiber has speeds that are 100 times faster than today’s high speed Internet. 

Milo Medin, vice president of access services at Google, said that the gigabit Internet will come next year.

Google will divide the city up into fiberhoods where each community will try to get enough demand to bring Google Fiber to their area. Community centers, such as libraries, will get the gigabit Internet free of charge.

No pricing was announced; however, the pricing for Google Fiber in Kansas City is $120 for gigabit Internet plus TV, $70 for just the gigabit Internet and free Internet at today’s average speeds with a $300 construction fee.

Governor Rick Perry spoke at the event saying that Texas is at the forefront of innovation.

“The next Google will be born and bred in Texas,” Perry said. “Austin is the next Silicon Valley. No, Austin will be better than Silicon Valley.”