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Google Fiber Coming to Austin, Texas

6 Apr, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Google Fiber’s 1 gigabyte high-speed Internet service reportedly is coming to Austin, Texas, following initial rollout in the Kansas City area.

While online media sources speculate Google could announce rollout of its fiber optic service during a news conference April 9. ABC TV affiliate KVUE.com confirmed the news, citing multiple sources.

Netflix has said Google Fiber is the fastest Internet Service Provider (ISP) in the United States at 2.55 Mbps — about 100 times faster than the next fastest broadband service.

Netflix, which tracks some of the highest Internet traffic during peak hours, posts a list on its website of fastest ISPs based on their performance delivering the subscription video-on-demand service’s streaming content.

Residents in Kansas City have been able to receive free broadband ISP service following a $300 installation fee, while faster gigabyte service is available for $70 a month, or $120 monthly when including Google TV, according to the search giant’s website.

“You could upload your entire DVD collection in less than a day,” Austin-based tech blogger Stacey Higginbotham told KVUE.


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