Google just confirmed that it will launch its Google Fiber service in Austin, Texas by mid-2014. The company will offer residents “Gigabit Internet or Gigabit Internet plus [its] Google Fiber TV service with nearly 200 HD TV channels.” Google has not yet finalized pricing for the market but said it expects the cost to be “roughly similar to Kansas City” prices.
“Also, as in Kansas City, we’re going to offer customers a free Internet connection at 5 mbps for 7 years, provided they pay a one-time construction fee,” Google’s Milo Medin, Vice President of Google Fiber said. “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. If you live in Austin and want to sign up for more information, please visit our website.”
Google Fiber was originally announced for Kansas City two years ago and started rolling out last summer.