Google Fiber Heads To Austin, Wants To Help You Find An Apartment

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At a press event, Google announced that Google Fiber will come to Austin in December, where it will reside alongside AT&T's gigabit internet.

Google announced plans to launch Fiber in Austin back in April of last year.

"It’s a mecca for creativity and entrepreneurialism, with thriving artistic and tech communities, as well as the University of Texas and its new medical research hospital. We’re sure these folks will do amazing things with gigabit access, and we feel very privileged to have been welcomed to their community,” Google said in a blog post at the time.

The news comes a little late, as Google had initially expected to have Fiber up and running in Austin by the middle of this year, but what's a few months when it comes to having good internet service?

GigaOm reports that Google will start deploying the service in the south and southeast parts of town before gradually rolling it out to other areas.

Austin's KUT.org quotes the company from the event:

“We can only launch one seventh of the city at the time,” Mark Strama, head of Google Fiber’s Austin operations, said of the slow rollout. “The network will include 3000 miles of new fiber optic cables. It’s like going to Canada and back.”

According to Strama, new users that live in South and Southeast Austin can signup for Google Fiber by the end of the year. The company says the process is taking longer because the fiber network had to be planned and designed from scratch.

Google has an apartment finder service showing properties that are joining Google Fiber. It's probably a busy day for those property managers. You can take a look here.

Image via Google

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