Austin lists organizations for free Google Fiber

Nov 19, 2013
Austin Business Journal

The city of Austin has outlined the nonprofit and public organizations it thinks should receive free super high-speed Internet as part of Google Fiber’s rollout in Austin


In April, Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG) said it would connect Austin to its high-speed Google fiber Internet service. The company agreed to connect city hall and the new central library, as well as 100 sites, to the network free of charge until 2023 under a program called Community Connections


The city was left to sort out which public and nonprofit locations would get the hook up through an application process, and eventually settled on 100 recommended organizations from the hundreds of applications it received


The recommendations will be finalized by City Council at its Nov. 21 meeting. The list includes groups such as Ballet Austin, the ZACH Theatre, the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum, St. Edward’s University, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority and several of the Austin public libraries


Groups designated by the city will still need to be in areas that Google chooses to build its network. If an organization isn’t in the right location, the city’s draft resolution allows for another group to be named instead by the Emerging Telecommunications Council Committee


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