Prices unveiled for Austin’s Google Fiber service

Nov 25, 2014
Austin American Statesman

A scaled-down version of Google Fiber will be offered without a monthly fee when the Internet giant launches service in Austin next month


Customers who opt for the free service, which features download speeds of 5 Mbps and upload speeds of 1 Mbps, will pay a one-time construction fee of $300, a Google executive said Monday. 


After that, there will be no monthly service charge


The construction fee can be paid all at once or spread over 12 month


The much faster 1-gigabit Google Fiber service will cost $70 per month, the Internet giant said, while a combo package with 1-gigabit Internet and about 150 cable TV networks will run $130 


per month


Fiber is set to launch in December, with customers in South and Southeast Austin first in line to get the service. Other parts of the city will follow over the next few years, Google has 


said


At 1 gigabit, a person can download 25 songs in 1 second, a TV show in 3 seconds and a high-definition movie in less than 36 seconds, according to industry figures. Aside from making it 


easier to stream media, the faster speeds are expected to open up a host of new opportunities as they become available to more and more people, according to Mark Strama, the former state 


representative who is heading up Google Fiber’s efforts in Austin



Google Fiber’s prices put it in line with other companies already offering 1-gigabit service in parts of the Austin area. AT&T’s U-verse with GigaPower is $70 per month, while San Marcos-


based Grande Communications is charging $64.99 per month for its Power 1000 service


Like Google, both AT&T and Grande also offer combo packages that include 1-gigabit Internet and cable TV service


Also Monday, Google said it is building a “Fiber Space” in a building at 201 Colorado St. in downtown Austin that was once home to the Austin Children’s Museum


When it opens, which will likely be sometime next month, the 23,000-square-foot Fiber Space will allow Central Texans to learn more about Google Fiber. It will also serve as a community 


space, Google said, hosting concerts, town-hall meetings, political forums, hackathons and other events


“We’re looking forward to becoming one of Austin’s favorite spaces for live music,” Strama said. “We think this will become a living room for the city of Austin”


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