Austin is definitely maybe getting Google Fiber. A big, fat "oopsies" coupled with a press release inviting media and city officials to a Tuesday morning press conference all but confirm that Austin is the first city behind Kansas City, Kansas (read: the second city in the world) to receive Google Fiber.
First, the big mistake that sent the internet into a tizzy: Engadget reported, and others confirmed, that a post titled "Google Fiber's next stop: Austin, Texas" was published to the Fiber site at 2 a.m. CST on Saturday. It's since disappeared.
Next, the press release for an unspecified event cohosted by Google and the City of Austin: Providing little more than a time and date, the press release doubled as an invitation for city VIPs, vaguely promising the announcement of something that "will have a positive impact on Austinites and the future of the city."
Every tech rag online is now putting the pieces together, clamoring to find confirmation of Google Fiber's next destination. Why? Because everyone wants it. What Google Fiber is, is the internet you've always dreamed of but never thought possible: 1000 Mb per second, "[Google Fiber] is 100 times faster than today's average internet, allowing you to get what you want instantaneously." And you can have it in your home.
In the event that news of the fastest internet currently available in the United States isn't enough to make you kiss your current provider goodbye, consider that Google Fiber in-home packages also encompass television options. Packages range from "Gigabit internet" only ($70 per month) to "Gigabit internet + TV" ($120), which allows up to 8 simultaneous DVR recordings and provides a terabyte of cloud storage and Nexus 7 remote (an Android tablet).
The fact that Austin lost out to Kansas City in 2011 to be the Fiber's official test bed is what makes Fiber's debut in Austin highly likely. Despite interested city officials and a grassroots campaign called BigGig Austin, Google's VP of access services, Milo Medin, explained the company ultimately chose Kansas City first because "the utility [in Kansas City] has all kinds of conduit in it that avoids us having to tear the streets open and a bunch of other stuff that really differentiates it from other places in the country.”
If Google Fiber is indeed what Google announces Tuesday morning, temper your excitement with patience. To get started, Google Fiber will begin by selecting neighborhoods where it will build out the Fiber network, then initiate construction and, finally, complete a two-fold installation process for each Fiber customer (one installation inside the home, one outside).
But as you know, good things come to those who wait. Stay tuned for updates on what Google Fiber will mean for the City of Austin.