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Google Fiber to Bring Gigabit Internet to Austin

Posted: Apr. 24th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
High Speed Internet in Austin
InkKC.com

It looks like Austin is about to get some of the fastest commercially available internet in the world if Google moves with its plan to introduce Google Fiber to the area. As I am a techie and don't live in Austin, I couldn't be more jealous of residents of the Texas capital.

Google that its Google Fiber project would be hitting Austin, Texas, next. The company says Austin, famous for its South by Southwest festival, is a "mecca for creativity and entrepreneurialism, with thriving artistic and tech communities."

Google Fiber is the tech giant's blazing fast Internet service, with current rates at 1 Gpbs, about 100 times faster than your typical cable broadband Internet service. It debuted in Kansas City in 2012.

So why might we want a connection that fast?

The most obvious answer, reports NPR tech correspondent Steve Henn on All Things Considered, is that services we already use will run faster like streaming movies and online gaming.

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