Google's High Speed Internet Headed to Austin

Thursday, April 11, 2013

In Austin, Texas a new innovative project is in the works. This week, Google and the city of Austin announced a deal to launch the next city-wide super-high-speed internet project, known as Google Fiber. The first installment was in Kansas City.

Shannon Jackson is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Misouri-Kansas and co-author of an article called “Only Connect: Kansas City Gives it Up for Google.”

Joy Diaz is a city reporter for KUT Austin who has been covering the reaction of Austinites and Google’s competitors to this announcement.


Joy Diaz and Shannon Jackson

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Jen Poyant

Comments [6]

Fibre Optics from Australia

I have enjoyed reading your post about high speed internet. Your information is inspiring.

May. 28 2013 01:07 AM
Mike Larsen from Seattle, WA

This is an incredibly shoddy reporting job:

1) Fiber is not WiFi. Fiber is a wire-like (uses fiber-optics) connection.

2) Google is offering the same service in all of the areas. The speed difference depends on what the customer pays for. The 5Mbps is the amount the customer gets for free if they pay the connection fee. The 1Gbps costs $70/month. There's no in-between, but both of these are better deals than pretty much anything on the market. Period. The disparity would be in how much residents of various neighborhoods are willing to pay.

3) 5Mbps is sufficient for the basics. Really. You can even pull off streaming at that speed with good quality.

4) This story completely misses the point of what Google Fiber is doing: challenge the fat and complacent ISP monopolies and duopolies that have been keeping prices high for far worse service.

5) Saying Google is discriminating seems to ignore the incumbent players who have left internet availability in the state that it is. Don't blame Google for others shortcomings.

Seriously, stop trying to invent new stories and find the *actual* story, which is that US internet access is, on average, far worse than most western countries. In this context, Google Fiber can only be a positive.

Apr. 11 2013 09:21 PM

Where did he go?


Austin, massachusetts?

You mean Boston, massachusetts?

Yeah, that's what I said. Boston.

The University of Boston in massachusetts.

Apr. 11 2013 02:30 PM

Definitely a typo, Google announced this week that Austin is getting Google fiber in roughly 18 months. Signups start next year.

Apr. 11 2013 02:28 PM
Jen from Boston

Boston or austin? Looks like a typo got us Bostonians excited.

Apr. 11 2013 02:15 PM

Headline says Boston, not Austin

Apr. 11 2013 02:14 PM

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