You might recall several years ago one of Google’s April Fools jokes was about offering broadband internet that was wired through the sewer systems and came out through your toilet. Since that time Google has actually been working on a broadband service called Google Fiber which brings one of the fastest internet connections available to home users (up to 1,000 Mb/sec download and upload). The service offers both high speed internet service and also TV service.
When the service was first announced, it was stated that Kansas City would be the first market to get Fiber, this did leave many people wondering “Why Kansas?” Usually, it seems services roll out to the bigger cities like NYC, LA, Chicago first so the decision to start the service in the Midwest had more than a few people scratching their heads. A short time ago, Google announced that Fiber would be available soon in other towns in Kansas and Missouri that surrounded K.C. but today some information leaked out that Google was prepping to launch Fiber in Austin Texas which means it’s finally starting to roll out to other areas and not just one concentrated area in two states.
At 3AM on April 6th a posting was posted on the Google Fiber blog that stated “Google Fiber’s Next Stop: Austin, Texas” The posting was posted by “SoAndSo” And it appears that either the post was posted by accident or maybe it was someone who hacked their system and posted it. The post has since been removed and there has been no word from the folks at Google about the post. Was it a joke? Was it a mistake? Was it a cleaver hacker that somehow hacked Google Fiber’s blog and wanted to start a hoax? Who knows but I’m sure we will find out soon!
Venture Beat claims that invitations from Google and the city of Austin that recently went out are related to the Fiber service so it does appear like there is some validity to this claim but if so Google has been tight lipped about it.
Are you happy with your current ISP or are you looking forward to giving Google Fiber a go when it’s available in your area? I mean, $120 a month for the fastest home internet AND TV service seems pretty darn tempting. Even the $70 monthly fee for just internet seems like a great deal for the speed you are getting. I myself cannot wait until Google Fiber comes to NYC.