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Could be fiber, could be something else altogether

When Google first started to experiment with fiber-optic internet service it put out proposals to have cities around the country vie for the opportunity to have service first. Ultimately, Kansas City was chosen as the location to get the first Google Fiber installations.

Reports have now surfaced that indicate that Google and the city of Austin have sent out a number of invitations to an event that will be held next week. Sources have told Venture Beat that the event could involve the expansion of Google Fiber internet service.


However, there is some indication that the announcement could be for the opening of a Google campus in Austin. There is also a chance that this could be nothing more than the city of Austin choosing Google for some software project.

The invitation reads:
 
On Tuesday, April 9, at 11 a.m., the City of Austin and Google will make a very important announcement that will have a positive impact on Austinites and the future of the city. We anticipate more than 100 community leaders and elected officials to be in attendance to celebrate this announcement. The event invitation is attached for your convenience. Although we cannot share the details of the announcement with you in advance, we know readers will want to learn more, so we encourage you to join us on Tuesday.

Austin would be an excellent place for Google to trial its Google Fiber service. Austin has a number of major high-tech industries in place already. Austin is also working hard to lure new technology companies and startups to the area. Being able to offer incredibly fast fiber-optic internet from Google would only bolster the attractiveness of the Texas state capital to businesses.

Source: VentureBeat



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When?
By othercents on 4/8/2013 10:01:53 AM , Rating: 2
While the fiber connection is going to be nice with the ability to remove myself from other vendors and use it for free at least for 7 years, it isn't instant gratification. Even in KC the installations are stretched out through Fall.




RE: When?
By mcnabney on 4/8/2013 10:54:27 AM , Rating: 2
My dad already has it.

It really exposes bad servers.

I got back from Disney World with the kids a couple weeks ago and it took me almost 24 hours to upload about 1000 pictures and a couple hours of HD video to his Google Drive (they provide 1TB of it with the service!) He downloaded it all in less than a minute.

I can't wait until Google rolls out the next section of Kansas City (which I live in). This time next year I won't have bandwidth complaints anymore.


RE: When?
By tviceman on 4/8/2013 4:03:31 PM , Rating: 2
I live north of the river, looks like it is going to be probably 2+ years until they come to my area (I-29 & NW 64th St). Booo.


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