Austin expected to be next stop for Google Fiber

Austin expected to be next stop for Google Fiber

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 06: A Google employee works on a laptop before the start of a new conference about Google Maps on June 6, 2012 in San Francisco, California. Google announced new upgrades to Google maps including a feature to download maps and view offline, better 3D mapping and a backpack camera device called Trekker that will allow Street View to go offroad on hiking trails and places only accessible by foot. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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KMOV.com

Posted on April 9, 2013 at 8:36 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 9 at 9:07 AM

 AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Google Inc. is expected to name tech-savvy Austin as the second city where the search giant will offer its ultra-fast home Internet service.

   Google and Texas Gov. Rick Perry scheduled a Tuesday morning announcement in Austin. Industry groups and observers are widely expecting Austin to receive Google's fiber-optic network that's capable of reaching speeds far greater than average cable-modem connections.

   Last summer, Kansas City became the first metro area in the U.S. to receive Google Fiber.

   Heather Gold, president of the nonprofit Fiber to the Home Council Americas, said the Austin rollout would be an "exciting validation" of the Google service.

   Google Fiber offers "gigabit" Internet service -- about 100 times faster than a basic cable modem -- for $70 a month.
 

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