Live blog: Google Fiber comes to Austin, Texas


Credit: Stacey Higginbotham

Anticipation has been building deep in the heart of Texas as Google prepares to announce that Austin has become the second city to take part in its Google Fiber project to bring gigabit internet connections to the masses. It’s now official: the formal event kicked off at 9am PT, and I’ll be live-blogging the proceedings here.

In the meantime, check out our stories on what this could mean for Austin and broadband development in general.


Ben Barreth - Kansas City .Net Web Developer

If there is Q & A, would you please ask if Google Fiber plans to offer short registration windows for specific houses within successfully rallied neighborhoods, like they have done here in KC?

Again, I’m not talking about the neighborhood rallies that occurred in Kansas City last August, but the final (and incredibly short) registration windows for individual houses within those neighborhoods.

It’s a big cause of frustration here in KC if you miss the final registration window.

Ben Barreth
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Stacey Higginbotham

Ben, they didn’t go into details on the roll out plans yet. But I am incredibly curious what Google changes about the sign up and pre-commitment process. I’ll make sure I track that.


What we (Austinites) really want to know – what is the website used to pre-register?


we’d build a massive, photo/video-sharing platform that could best be described as Pinterest/Instagram meets Twitter/foursquare…. and call it PicPocket


The biggest question is neighborhood rollout locations and timelines. I hope they come to northwest Austin sooner than later. Save me from TWC, Google!


With 1000mbps up/down, I’d host game servers from home at a faster rate than offered by external vendors for hundreds/mo.

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