Google has announced that it is going to launch Google Fiber in Austin, Texas. This is going to be the biggest city in which Google Fiber will be available, population wise and the third city in the country.
Google Fiber is offering three separate options, when it comes to its price plans. As the service is planning to expand, Google will also continue to work on more fiber hoods, especially for education or public facilities.
The three available options are as follows:
A $300 installation fee brings you 5 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload speed, for free.
1 Gigabyte per second (Gbps) fo a $70 per month price plan.
For $130 per month, you get 1 Gbps fiber internet, 1Terabyte of cloud storage and access to 150 channels.
The first offer was designed especially for those who don’t mind about speed and just want some free Internet. It could be especially good for rental properties. Tenants that want to switch to another price plan afterwards can do so, almost instantly.
As for the other two price plans, they are for all people that want 1 Gbps of fiber optic broadband. The service from Google is currently one of the only two Internet providers offering this much speed in the US. Other Internet service providers such as Time Warner Cable, Comcast and Verizon, all offer speeds under 300 Mbps in urban areas, while in other areas the speed is less than 50 Mbps.
The other Internet Service provider which upgraded its Internet speed to 1Gbps, in Austin is AT&T. However, the upgrade came with criticism, since it was only done after another competitor marched into town.
The new headquarters for Google Fiber is located in the former Children’s Museum, in Austin. It is set to open in December, when the Internet service start being available for residents of South and South-East of Austin. The 23,000 square foot space will not only be used as a workspace, but also to host the community
“We anticipate having town hall meetings and political forums, as well as concerts and hack-a-thons and really cool technology-centric events,”
said Mark Strama, the Head of Google Fiber, in Austin.
Google Fiber’s action area will not include the campus at the University of Texas. However, students living around campus, in the housing area, may be eligible for the Internet service if enough people will sign up for it.
“We’ve been in ongoing discussions with Google — as we would be with any other service — and are happy to continue that conversation,”
added Gary Susswein, UT spokesman.