Google are set to offer a high-speed network in Austin (Texas, USA) with an Internet service reportedly exceeding a gigabyte per second next year.
The launch of Google Fiber in Austin would be the first move by Google to expand its service beyond Kansas City (Missouri) submitted in November. Google says that their fiber optic Internet service is 100 times
faster than the average performance of broadband services available.
The spokesman for the city of Austin, Doug Matthews, clarified that there is no "special incentives" for Google. "The deal we had negotiated with Google we are obligated to provide it to any other company that
wants to offer the same service."
Google launched their first fiber optic service in Kansas City in November. Initially the company bills the service as a test project to encourage the development of new web services and technology, but now has confirmed
that they are expecting to start the business from next year.
As in Kansas City, Austin consumers will have 200 channels of HDTV. Service prices have not yet been determined, although Google has said that they will offer free Internet service at speeds of 5 megabits per second for seven
years, provided they pay a fee once construction which was not specified. In Kansas City, the cost is $ 300.