AAPL Stock: 117.81 ( -0.22 )

Printed from

Google Fiber's Austin rollout delayed, company says

updated 10:15 am EDT, Thu April 10, 2014

Switch to flip 'later this year'

Google Fiber's deployment in Austin, Texas has been delayed several months, Google tells local NBC affiliate KXAN. Signups for Austin residents will only open this summer, while the service itself is due to go live "later this year." When Google announced that Fiber was coming to Austin a year ago, it said it had hoped to connect people by mid-2014, after signups in January.

The issue appears to involve securing permits for digging and installing new fiber links where necessary. So far the company has only secured permits for a small section of south Austin, the area below Lady Bird Lake (better known as Town Lake). That would theoretically leave downtown and north Austin without Fiber, which is unlikely given agreements Google has signed with downtown condominiums and various institutions. Google's own Austin offices are located in the northwest.

Other ISPs operating in Austin have been racing to be more competitive. Of these, only Grande Communications is actually offering a 1Gbps tier on par with Google. AT&T is currently offering speeds up to 300Mbps, but plans to upgrade to 1Gbps by the end of the year. Time Warner has promised to upgrade to 300Mbps by this summer, and will also be offering lower tiers more modest speed boosts, for instance bumping 15Mbps users up to 50Mbps. Only Austin residents will see the speed improvements in the foreseeable future.

by MacNN Staff



  1. DiabloConQueso

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 06-11-08

    Well, poop.

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.


Network Headlines

Follow us on Facebook


Most Popular


Recent Reviews

Ultimate Ears Megaboom Bluetooth Speaker

Ultimate Ears (now owned by Logitech) has found great success in the marketplace with its "Boom" series of Bluetooth speakers, a mod ...

Kinivo URBN Premium Bluetooth Headphones

We love music, and we're willing to bet that you do, too. If you're like us, you probably spend a good portion of your time wearing ...

Jamstik+ MIDI Controller

For a long time the MIDI world has been dominated by keyboard-inspired controllers. Times are changing however, and we are slowly star ...


Most Commented