google fiber http://kut.org en Google Fiber's Slow Start to High-Speed Internet in Austin http://kut.org/post/google-fibers-slow-start-high-speed-internet-austin <p>“We hope to have services to our first customers by the middle of 2014.”</p><p>As recently as May 17, this message was posted on the&nbsp;<a href="https://fiber.google.com/cities/austin/support/">Google Fiber website for Austin</a>, according to the <a href="https://archive.org/web/">Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine</a>.</p><p>Well, July 2 marked the middle of 2014, and&nbsp;beside the&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/googlefiber/status/476054649636528130">announcement of a new employee</a>, Austinites hungry for the tech giant’s ultra-fast Internet service – first promised in April 2013 – have received nary an update. Except for a vague update to the website, that is: “We hope to have services to our first customers later this year.”</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158283464&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:41:08 +0000 Ryan Kailath & Joy Diaz 10744 at http://kut.org Google Fiber's Slow Start to High-Speed Internet in Austin In Austin Fiber Wars, the Little Guy Beats Google & AT&T to the Punch http://kut.org/post/austin-fiber-wars-little-guy-beats-google-att-punch <p><em>For KUT&nbsp;News and <a href="http://reportingtexas.com/">Reporting Texas</a>:&nbsp;</em></p><p>Another competitor is joining the fiber arms race in Austin.</p><p>San Marcos-based <a href="http://mygrande.com/">Grande Communications</a> says it will begin rolling out its own super-fast Internet service – offering speeds up to 1 gigabits per second (Gbps) – in select Austin neighborhoods starting next week. The service, which Grande is calling “Power 1000,” would cost $65 per month, with no contract or activity monitoring.</p><p>As a comparison, Internet speeds of 1 Gbps allow a user to download a full-length film in about 10 seconds, compared to over two minutes with a 50 megabits per second (Mbps), which is generally the top-tier speed offered to consumers by most Internet service providers.</p><p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 19:29:38 +0000 Andrew Huygen 9816 at http://kut.org In Austin Fiber Wars, the Little Guy Beats Google & AT&T to the Punch MAP: The 99 Places in Austin Getting Free Google Fiber (Update) http://kut.org/post/map-99-places-austin-getting-free-google-fiber-update <p><strong>Update</strong>: <strong>Sites Approved</strong></p><p>The Austin City Council approved recommending 99 public and nonprofit organizations for free access to Google Fiber. The much-anticipated high-speed internet service will include 23 public libraries.</p><p>Read more about the council's actions - and which site got cut from the initial list - here:&nbsp;<strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://kut.org/post/city-council-update-dogs-banned-auditorium-shores-event-lawn">City Council Update</a>.</span></strong></p><p><strong>Update: Council Postpones Action</strong> (Nov. 21)</p><p>This morning, the Austin City Council voted to postpone adopting a list of 100 sites receiving a free “community connection” to Google Fiber.</p><p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 21:32:29 +0000 Wells Dunbar 9226 at http://kut.org MAP: The 99 Places in Austin Getting Free Google Fiber (Update) City Council Update: Dogs Banned From Auditorium Shores ‘Event Lawn’ http://kut.org/post/city-council-update-dogs-banned-auditorium-shores-event-lawn <p>In its final meeting of the year, the Austin City Council approved a full slate of items.</p><p>Among the measures passed was a decision restricting where dogs are permitted at Auditorium Shores. More than a dozen speakers took to the council floor to argue against the change, which would prohibit&nbsp;dogs from<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;lingering on the so-called "Event Lawn" on the east end of Auditorium Shores.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Parks and Recreation Director Sara Hensely said the department took community suggestions under advisement when revising the $3.5 million plan for the parkland. But under a new amendment, dogs are only allowed on the event lawn when traveling from a parking lot to the neighboring areas where dogs are allowed. (No one on Parks staff or the City Council bothered to explain just how that would be enforced.)</span></p><p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 17:28:44 +0000 Wells Dunbar & Roy Varney 9365 at http://kut.org City Council Update: Dogs Banned From Auditorium Shores ‘Event Lawn’ At Austin City Council: Property Tax, Budget Hearings; Tweak to 10-1 Council; Google Fiber & More http://kut.org/post/austin-city-council-property-tax-budget-hearings-tweak-10-1-council-google-fiber-more <p>The Austin City Council convenes today to another crowded agenda. Here’s a rundown:</p><ul><li>Sound off on the <strong>proposed city budget, property taxes and fees</strong></li></ul><p>Lots of council action won’t happen until much later today: Several public hearings are set for this afternoon related to City Manager Marc Ott’s <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/not-able-keep-taxes-fees-rise-austins-proposed-city-budget">proposed city budget</a>, which the council is currently discussing. There’s public hearings on the proposed property tax rate, Austin Energy and Austin Water rates, and additional proposed fee increases (trash, drainage, etc.)</p><p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 15:17:14 +0000 Wells Dunbar & Laura Rice 8523 at http://kut.org At Austin City Council: Property Tax, Budget Hearings; Tweak to 10-1 Council; Google Fiber & More Austin Rep. Mark Strama Resigns to Run Google Fiber Rollout (Update) http://kut.org/post/austin-rep-mark-strama-resigns-run-google-fiber-rollout-update <p><strong>Update: </strong>Texas Gov. Rick Perry <a href="http://governor.state.tx.us/news/proclamation/18733/" target="_blank">announced a special election</a> to fill the State House of Representatives seat formerly held by Austin State Rep. Mark Strama will be held Nov. 5.</p><p>Strama resigned late last month to become the head of Google Fiber in Austin. The person elected will serve out the rest of Strama’s term – which expires in January 2015.</p><p><strong>Original Story </strong>(June 26): Democratic Austin <a href="http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/?district=50" target="_blank">State Representative Mark Strama</a> is leaving politics to become the head of Google Fiber in Austin.</p><p>Strama <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/strama-mulling-mayoral-bid-wont-seek-reelection" target="_blank">announced earlier this year</a> that he’d be resigning his seat in the Texas House. At the time, he was considering running for Austin mayor. Fri, 12 Jul 2013 11:29:48 +0000 Rachel Adams-Heard & Laura Rice 8226 at http://kut.org Austin Rep. Mark Strama Resigns to Run Google Fiber Rollout (Update) After Kansas City, ISPs Watch Google's Austin Plans Closely http://kut.org/post/after-kansas-city-isps-watch-googles-austin-plans-closely <p></p><p></p><p>Austin has <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/austin-getting-google-fiber">been tapped by Google</a> to be the second city in the U.S. to get Google Fiber, the search giant’s super fast gigabit internet service. Kansas City was the first city to dive in with Google. And it’s learned some lessons.</p><p>Some of Central Texas’ largest Internet providers also serve Kansas City, Missouri. Think Time Warner and AT&amp;T, among others. Kansas City Assistant City Manager Rick Usher says as soon as word spread that Google was getting some deals – &nbsp;waived fees, right-of-way access and more – his phone wouldn’t stop ringing.</p><p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 17:22:28 +0000 Joy Diaz 7294 at http://kut.org After Kansas City, ISPs Watch Google's Austin Plans Closely Austin is Getting Google Fiber http://kut.org/post/austin-getting-google-fiber <p>In a hugely anticipated announcement this morning, Austin Mayor Lee&nbsp;Leffingwell&nbsp;made it official:&nbsp;<a href="https://fiber.google.com/cities/austin/">Google Fiber is coming to Austin</a>.</p><p>The ultra-fast Internet service -- offering speeds more than 100 times faster than connections available now -- will "change how we live and how we work in ways we don't even know about yet," said&nbsp;Leffingwell.</p><p>Google says its first Fiber customer in Austin will get service sometime in the middle of 2014.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F87128223&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>In a hugely anticipated announcement this morning, Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell&nbsp;made it official: <a href="https://fiber.google.com/cities/austin/">Google Fiber is coming to Austin</a>.</p><p>The ultra-fast Internet service -- offering speeds more than 100 times faster than connections available now -- will "change how we live and how we work in ways we don't even know about yet," said&nbsp;Leffingwell.</p><p>Google says its first Fiber customer in Austin will get service sometime in the middle of 2014.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 16:23:48 +0000 Andrew Weber & Nathan Bernier 7271 at http://kut.org Austin is Getting Google Fiber