Google Fiber is offering symmetrical 5Gbps service in parts of Austin. The initial offer includes a Wi-Fi 6 router, two mesh extenders, a 10 gigabit Fiber Jack and professional installation for $125 per month.
The bundle will be available on a growing basis as city neighborhoods are connected. It also will be available in Travis County neighborhoods outside the city limits. Google Fiber also said that construction will begin in the coming months in Round Rock and West Lake Hills.
Google, which refers to itself at GFiber, recently announced an expansion to Rollingwood, Texas.
The company offered an update of its activities in Austin and surrounding areas:
- The Gigabit Community program has launched in three communities in collaboration with the Housing Authority of the City of Austin. More than 1,300 families in the city now are served by the program.
- The Community Connections program, which is ten years old, is growing. It now provides connectivity to more than 50 community organizations. Recently connected organizations include Austin PBS, Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, The ARC of the Capital Area, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Austin Area, Ballet Austin, McCallum High School, Central Health – East Austin and Latinitas.
- Other organizations with which Google Fiber is working are Advance-Austin and Austin Free Net.
There was a steady drumbeat of announcements from Google Fiber in the spring. The two most recent:
In May, the service provider said that it would provide service to Franklin, Tennessee, which is the seventh biggest city in the state and one that is growing rapidly. Construction is expected to start in early 2024.
About a week earlier, Google Fiber said that it had signed a license agreement with Logan, Utah. The agreement was to enable the company to begin planning a fiber service. In addition, Google Fiber said that it was seeking organizations to test 20 Gbps service.