Fri December 13, 2013
MAP: The 99 Places in Austin Getting Free Google Fiber (Update)
Update: Sites Approved
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.
Read more about the council's actions - and which site got cut from the initial list - here: City Council Update.
Update: Council Postpones Action (Nov. 21)
This morning, the Austin City Council voted to postpone adopting a list of 100 sites receiving a free “community connection” to Google Fiber.
“I think we have to need to a little bit of a conversation,” said Mayor Lee Leffingwell, who moved for the postponement.
As Google Fiber will be rolled out in separate “fiberhoods” across the city, its not likely that all of the 100 proposed sites would be able to access the service initially. Noting that – along with some complaints from sites that didn’t make it into the final recommendation – Leffingwell said “I think we need to allow for additional entries into that pool.”
Council member Laura Morrison said the city had a commitment to Google to get them a list on sites by the end of the year. The council should take the item up at its next meeting, Dec. 12.
Original story (Nov. 20): Google’s ultra-high speed Internet service, Google Fiber, is coming to Austin. And as part of the company’s municipal agreement, the City of Austin gets to name 100 locations receiving a free “community connection” to the service.
The Austin City Council will vote to make the list official tomorrow.
The locations are broken down into four categories:
- Arts, Culture, and Community
- Education, Workforce, & Higher Education
- Public Facilities & Entities
- Social, Health, & Well-Being.
All AISD high schools are represented, as are all Austin Public Library locations.
Google says it hopes to reach its first Fiber customers in Austin by mid 2014.