The Fiber future has arrived. At noon on Monday, Google Fiber announced that sign-ups are now available in Austin for the highly anticipated high-speed Internet service. Austinites living in selected South and Southeast Austin neighborhoods can sign up for the service here.
As CultureMap previously reported, the first Fiberhoods include areas south of Lady Bird Lake, north of William Cannon Drive, west of I-35 and east of Mopac. The first Fiberhoods are Bluebonnet, Lady Bird Lake, Emerald Forest, Ben White and Onion Creek. Each neighborhood has a different sign-up deadline, ranging from January 29, 2015 for Bluebonnet to July 16, 2015 for Onion Creek. Google says it doesn't have plans to return to Fiberhoods once their sign-up periods have ended, so make sure you sign up by the deadline.
In November, Google Fiber released prices for the long-awaited service. Gigabit and TV service costs $130 per month ($300 construction fee waived with one-year commitment); Gigabit Internet is $70 per month ($300 construction fee waived with one-year commitment); Free Internet is $0 per month, but users must pay a $300 construction fee (this can be paid $25 per month over 12 months).
If you can't wait to experience Google Fiber at home (or your neighborhood isn't Fiber-ready yet), Google is also opening the doors to its Fiber Space on Monday, December 1. Located in the former Austin Children's Museum space downtown, Fiber Space will be open to the public from 10 am-10 pm Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 pm on Sundays. Open to the public, Fiber Space gives Austinites the opportunity to test out the speedy product for the first time.
There's still no word yet on when Google Fiber will be up and running. CultureMap will keep you updated as more developments become available.