We’ve always been weird, but we’re about to get wired.
Austin is notorious for being one of the most technologically advanced cities in the country. Tons of innovative talent has flooded the city over the years, and Austin is now home to a growing community who are keenly aware that tablets are not something you put in your mouth, and Ruby on Rails in no way involves locomotives. Whether you’re a Mashable RSS tech maestro, or you are content casually researching devices that make your daily life far more comfortable, we have some serious news for you all:
Google Fiber will be launching in Austin.
With only one other city in the world (Kansas City) having access to the Google Fiber product, our humble metro is about to become the largest city that provides residents with the option to have FREE internet in their homes. That’s right. Awesome internet, for $0.
What are we talking about and how does it work? Let’s break it down here:
Google Fiber’s connection speed is 100 times faster than that of ATX’s other broadband options. High def TV plus gigbit internet is going to be as readily available to your local soccer mom, as it is to the Google Glass wearing sect.
Three package options include:
The bundled option brings with it incredibly fast download speeds, a full channel TV lineup, no data caps, a Nexus 7 tablet (to be used as your TV remote) and other more utilitarian features that make this ship float. Free internet will be available in homes with a one time $300 installation fee guaranteed for at least seven years. That’s f to the rizzle…free.
Residents will have access to get the service hopefully by mid-2014, just enough time to start that cancellation phone call with the other boys. Sign up to be the first to know for sure. Want to find out more now? The fate of Austin’s interwebs has landed the city in an myriad of national news outlets including:
As for us here locally? The possibilities are endless. Small coffee shops, online media properties, Etsy aficionados, and digital agency wunderkins (to name a few…) rejoice! We personally cannot wait to be a growing part of the new Fiberhood. Google on.–Rachel