Google Fiber to make Austin debut in the next year

After Google and the city of Austin announced that they will be holding an event to announce a new partnership, rumors began swirling. Today Google confirmed that Austin will be the next city to receive Google Fiber, an ultra high-speed Internet service.

Governor Rick Perry spoke at the April 9 event and said Texas, specifically Austin, 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.”

Google Fiber is a high-speed Internet service that is said to be 100 times faster than what is currently offered on the market.

Currently, Google Fiber is available Kansas City, Kan., and Kansas City, Mo.

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

The actual announcement that Austin would be the next city for Google Fiber was presented through a video showing the audience some of the things that people enter on the search engine. At the end of the video, it said, “Hello, Austin. Goodbye, loading bars. Google Fiber.”

Milo Medin, vice president of access services at Google, said that the gigabit Internet will be available to customers in the next year.

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

Neither Google nor City of Austin officials confirmed how much Google Fiber will cost. The price of 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.