Kansas City just got some company in the exclusive Google Fiber club.
After days of rumors and speculation, Google announced this morning that it will bring Google Fiber, its ultra-high-speed Internet service, to Austin, Texas. The Mountain View, Calif.-based Internet giant said it plans to start connecting homes in Austin to its gigabit-speed service, which is about 100 times faster than standard broadband, by mid-2014.
In a post on the Google Fiber blog, Google said its Fiber-related products and pricing in Texas’ capital city will be similar to those it currently offers in Kansas City.
What isn’t immediately apparent is how Fiber’s foray into Texas will affect Google’s high-speed service in Kansas and Missouri. Missouri Business Alert’s attempts to reach a Google spokesperson for comment this morning were unsuccessful.
Kansas City is the first place in the country to get Google’s Internet service. The company announced in March 2011 that it had selected Kansas City, Kan. from more than 1,100 cities nationwide to receive its high-speed network. In May of that year, Google announced Fiber would also be available in Kansas City, Mo.
The company held a launch event in July 2012 and flipped the switch on Fiber in its first Kansas City neighborhoods last fall. The Fiber Cities page of Google Fiber’s website lists the connection status of 10 Kansas City neighborhoods — seven in Kansas, three in Missouri — as “in progress.” Some 170 other neighborhoods in the heart of Kansas City that are slated for Fiber service are still awaiting connection.