Google Fiber possibly coming to Austin, Texas

Google raised the bar on what Internet service providers should offer in terms of pure speed last year when it launched Google Fiber in Kansas City, Missouri, and Kansas City, Kansas. The new ISP offers 1 Gbps speeds for both downloads and uploads to the residents of those cities, along with a full cable TV-like service that included a DVR box and a Nexus 7 tablet as a remote control.

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said in December that the company was "hopefully" going to expand its Google Fiber service to more cities in the U.S. Now it looks like an official reveal on that front may happen next week. Engadget reports that the press has been invited to an event in Austin, Texas, on Tuesday, where that city's government officials will make a joint announcement with Google executives.

But is this event really about Austin getting that fast Google Fiber ISP support? Engadget also reports that, for a brief time, the Google Fiber website had a "Google Fiber's Next Stop: Austin, Texas" headline on its news section. That message has since been removed, but it would seem to confirm that Tuesday's press conference will concern Google Fiber expanding to the city.

Source: Engadget | Image via Google

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Hopefully Google finishes hooking up KC before they move on to another city. They won't be done here until around Christmas.

Exactly. People think it's actually being used in KC but basically NOTHING has launched yet. It's all just vaporware until it's a real service. My area isn't scheduled until the vague "fall 2013" but I'd be surprised if it meets that date. I'm not even excited anymore like I was previously, more just "quit talking about it and do it" ...

ISP's aren't lazy or jealous in my country, but they are having a hard time holding their heads above the water. It isn't as profitable to be an ISP as it used to be.
Well for Google it is as you pay for it AND they'll earn money from you by tracking your every single frigging move online.
We're down to basically 3 major ISP's from the dozens we used to have.

Shadowzz said,
ISP's aren't lazy or jealous in my country, but they are having a hard time holding their heads above the water. It isn't as profitable to be an ISP as it used to be.
Well for Google it is as you pay for it AND they'll earn money from you by tracking your every single frigging move online.
We're down to basically 3 major ISP's from the dozens we used to have.

And those three are? I can think of more then three...

Comcast - Cable, FTTN and FTTP, Backhull
Verizon - DSL, Wireless, FTTP, Backhull
AT&T - DSL, Wireless, FTTN, and FTTP, Backhull
Sprint - Cellular, FTTP, Backhull
TimeWarner - Cable, FTTN
COX - Cable, FTTN
Charter - Cable, FTTN
Suddenlink
Windstream

those are just a few of the major ISP's around....

Really? More and more people are disliking Google every day.
I wouldn't want them as my ISP and I wouldn't suggest it to anyone (to opposite rather).

As the ISP is just a new way to see what someone is doing on the internet, and in 100% full detail. Just for 'ads' no way hoze.

Shadowzz said,
Really? More and more people are disliking Google every day.
I wouldn't want them as my ISP and I wouldn't suggest it to anyone (to opposite rather).

As the ISP is just a new way to see what someone is doing on the internet, and in 100% full detail. Just for 'ads' no way hoze.

You think TWC, Comcast, Verizon, AT&T are any better than Google?

The only difference between them is speed and price, and Google wins.

thomastmc said,

The only difference between them is speed and price, and Google wins.


You forgot the 1 TB storage Google Drive that comes with it too.

Only if they speed it up. It's taken them forever to do the small part of Kansas City they've done. In 10 years, at this rate, they'll only be done with a few cities.

Wish they would've picked Abilene instead...we really have only 1 reliable ISP, and sure it's fast, but there should be more competition. The only reason my internet is so reliable, is because my brother-in-law works for said ISP, and if he loses internet, so do I...and he fixes it immediately, no matter what the problem. Okay, maybe not the ONLY ISP, but it's the most reliable.

Obi-Wan Kenobi said,
Wish they would've picked Abilene instead...we really have only 1 reliable ISP, and sure it's fast, but there should be more competition. The only reason my internet is so reliable, is because my brother-in-law works for said ISP, and if he loses internet, so do I...and he fixes it immediately, no matter what the problem. Okay, maybe not the ONLY ISP, but it's the most reliable.

Ummm Abilene instead of Austin?

I imagine they're trying to focus on tech hubs.