Google rolls out super-fast broadband to Austin, Texas

After weeks of media speculation, Google has confirmed that it will be extending its super-fast fibre broadband service to Austin, Texas.

After weeks of media speculation, Google has confirmed that it will extend its super-fast fibre broadband service to Austin, Texas.

Google's fibre project was announced in 2010, with more than 1,000 towns and cities applying to take part.

The search giant said it would test new ways to build fibre networks and it would share key lessons learned to help inform and support deployments elsewhere.

 So far, Google has rolled out its experimental service only in Kansas City, where residents can get speeds of up to one gigabit a second for £44 a month, according to the BBC.

Other options include a broadband and TV service for £75 or a free broadband service of up to 5Mbps for a one-off installation fee of £189.

Announcing the decision to expand to Austin alongside mayor Lee Leffingwell, Google said it planned to have the new service up and running by mid-2014.

Google said that it had chosen Austin because the city is "a Mecca for creativity and entrepreneurialism, with thriving artistic and tech communities".

Reports said the service is expected to be offered at the same tariffs as Kansas, with no installation charge and 1TB of storage on Google Drive.

The Google fibre project uses dark fibre acquired from US telecoms firms to link Google’s datacentres around the country.

Google has also been investing in cheap fibre laid by companies that have gone bankrupt before completing broadband roll-outs.

Industry pundits have suggested that Google wants people to pressure ISPs and the government to improve the quality of their connection to generate more revenue for Google.



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