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Austin Gets Google's Next Fiber Gig

Mari Silbey
4/9/2013
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It was one of the worst kept secrets of the week, and today Google made it official. Austin, Texas is next in line for Google Fiber, a broadband service promising 1 Gbit/s broadband speeds and IPTV.

The Austin rollout is projected to start by mid-2014 and will follow roughly the roadmap Google established last year in Kansas City, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri.

Pricing hasn't been nailed down yet, but Google expects to stick close to the Kansas City numbers, where subscribers have access to a 1 Gbit/s broadband service for $70 per month, or broadband plus TV for $120 per month.

Google's Kansas City deployments have drawn a lot of attention, not just because of their fiber underpinnings but because of Google's willingness to test new Internet and TV service models.

Other would-be gigabit communities, for example, are paying close attention to Google's practice of signing up "fiberhoods" as a way to guarantee subscribers ahead of the first truck rolls. (See Nearly 67% of Google's 'Fiberhoods' Reach Goal.)

On the TV side, Google has bucked tradition by going with an all-HD lineup and a bundled Netflix app. The company is also rolling out TV everywhere apps, and, like many of its cable counterparts, has ambitions to integrate social TV functions in the future. (See Google Fiber Bundles TV, Shuns Data Caps.)

With the new Austin deployment, Google will face off against incumbent providers Time Warner Cable Inc., Charter Communications Inc., and AT&T Inc. with its IP-based U-verse service.

Time Warner offers the next highest downstream broadband speeds in the area with a service that offers up to 50 Mbit/s.

— Mari Silbey, Special to Light Reading Cable

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craigleddy
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craigleddy,
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4/10/2013 | 11:08:07 AM
re: Austin Gets Google's Next Fiber Gig
It was reported as high as $800 and that connection cost probably doesn't include all the operations and marketing expenses. Nonetheless, with a decline in fiber technology costs, that's much less than when FiOS started out, when the cost per home was well north of $1000.-á
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jtombes,
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4/9/2013 | 10:09:38 PM
re: Austin Gets Google's Next Fiber Gig
Any more input on business side? I saw one analyst estimating $/homes passed in KC KS/MO could range between $500 and high $600s.
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msilbey,
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4/9/2013 | 6:27:54 PM
re: Austin Gets Google's Next Fiber Gig
And the broadband wars are on. AT&T has now announced it will bring its own gigabit network to Austin. No timing or pricing details yet.-á
"Today, AT&T announced that in conjunction with its previously announced Project VIP expansion of broadband access, it is prepared to build an advanced fiber optic infrastructure in-áAustin, Texas, capable of delivering speeds up to 1 gigabit per second.-á AT&T's expanded fiber plans in-áAustin-áanticipate it will be granted the same terms and conditions as Google on issues such as geographic scope of offerings, rights of way, permitting, state licenses and any investment incentives. This expanded investment is not expected to materially alter AT&T's anticipated 2013 capital expenditures."
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