It looks like Google Fiber, a service that offers 1Gbps broadband Internet service, is headed towards Austin in Texas, a report from CNET said.
Google and the government of Austin invited the press and business leaders for a joint event on April 9 at 11 a.m. Both the company and the Austin administration didn’t say what the event is about, only saying that they will both make an announcement that will have a positive impact on the residents of the city.
Both Austin officials and Google representatives refrained from commenting on the event, which led some to speculate that the Google Fiber may really be coming to the city. Of course, there is also the possibility that Google will just launch a new service or a pilot program. There are also rumors that Google will just open a local branch there.
But if the company is really planning to bring their Fiber services there, then we shouldn’t be surprised. Eric Schmidt, Google’s chairman, earlier pronounced that Kansas City won’t be the only city where the Fiber will be launched. The company plans to turn the service into a full-scale business that will be available all throughout the United States.
This is in line with U.S. President Barack Obama’s aim to bring high-speed broadband services to the whole country. Julius Genachowski, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, earlier said that the goal is to bring Gigabit-speed Internet services to all 50 states by the year 2015.
But to do that, the U.S. government must align itself with private companies that are slowly realizing the importance of high-speed broadband services to improve business communication and even the academic life of students.
Austin is the Next Best Thing
Austin has shown evidence in the past that Google should focus its attention on the city. Back in 2011, it lost a bid to become the first city that Google will bring its Internet service to. Google turned its eyes to Kansas then, but it has always made known its interest bring the service to Austin, where major universities and colleges are located.
It is also a tech-savvy city since they serve as home to university students who are always bothered with slow-speed Internet services. Surely, researches and project proposals would require high-speed broadband services. Aside from that, Austin is also home to several large tech companies such as Dell, Samsung and Intel.
The city, furthermore, is a good place to start something techy since a large number of startup companies are being established in Austin. Then of course, the city is also host of the annual SXSW technology and music festival.
With these factors alone, it wouldn’t be such a surprise that Google will bring its 1Gbps broadband Internet service to the city.
Austin businessmen and students will surely enjoy the benefits of Google Fiber; and Google will find more ways to develop the services based on the feedback they will be receiving from Austin populace. The only question remaining is if Google will risk the huge investments that bringing the Fiber to other cities require.