Google Fiber, the ultra-fast broadband Internet service developed by the search-engine company, will be expanding to Austin, Texas, in 2014.
In a widely expected move, Austin city officials and Google on Tuesday morning announced the expansion of Fiber. The service is already live in the Kansas City area and provides users with Internet speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second, which Google says is about 100 times faster than most American users' Internet speeds.
"With a population of innovators and early adopters, Austin has always welcomed and embraced forward-thinking ideas," the Austin Chamber of Commerce said Tuesday in a statement. "Google Fiber’s expanded access to ultra high-speed networks will support Austin’s ‘quality of place’ and will be a great resource for our students, entrepreneurs and businesses."
Google said Austin residents can begin to sign up for information about Fiber online. The company said it will services similar to those it provides in the Kansas City area.