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Google has begun accepting registrations from residents and small businesses in Austin for its Fiber gigabit Internet service. With plans starting at $70/month, users in the Texas capital will get to experience speeds of 1,000Mbps and opt-in for HD TV content too.
As with its previous rollouts, Google will group parts of the city into ‘fiberhoods’, and complete installations for one area at a time. In Austin, the company is starting with neighborhoods in the south and southeast of the city – Bluebonnet, Lady Bird Lake, Emerald Forest, Ben White and Onion Creek are up first – before expanding through the rest of the capital.
Residential plans start at $70 per month (not including taxes and fees) for Internet at 1 gigabit (1,000 Mbps) speeds, with no data caps and 1TB of storage across Gmail, Google Drive and Google+ Photos thrown in.
At $130/month, users will also get 150+ HD TV channels with additional packages and on-demand content available too.
Additionally, there’s a basic plan for users with 5Mbps download speeds – users only need to pay taxes and fees monthly, and a one-time construction fee of $300.
Small businesses can sign up for early access in select areas for gigabit Internet at $100 per month, with an included network box to provide high performance Wi-Fi, gigabit routing and firewall protection, and optional static IPs.
The launch of Google’s high-speed Internet services in Austin is another step forward in the company’s plans to bring Fiber to 34 cities across the US.
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