Austin, Texas Is The Next City To Get Google Fiber

Having just come back from a weekend wedding in Austin, Texas, I can speak well of it. It is a city where every liquid is beer, every food is meat, and every dog is good.

It is also a city of, as near as I can tell, universally terrible mobile broadband coverage, especially under Verizon. But who needs LTE when you’ve got sickly overpowered broadband?

Good news, Austin. Google is bringing Google Fiber to Austin!

According to Google, Austin is “mecca for creativity and entrepreneurialism, with thriving artistic and tech communities.” In particular, the presence of the University of Texas, which is now playing host to a new medical research hospital, convinced Google that bringing Google Fiber to Austin was the right thing to do.

So what’s the advantage of Google Fiber to citizens of Austin? It’s the same sick deal as the one you get in Kansas: namely, customers can get an absolutely free 5Mbps internet connection for 7 years as long as they pay the one-time construction free of around $300.