Google Fiber, the US initiative which saw an experimental 1Gbps fibre-optic broadband network rolled out in Kansas City last year, has set its sights on Austin, Texas for its next deployment. According to US technology site Endgadget, which stumbled across a leaked embargoed press release from the Gig.U initiative, Austin is the latest city lined up for inclusion. Over the weekend rumours gathered pace, with reports that Austin city officials had scheduled a press conference for this morning, with multiple press reports naming Google Fiber as the subject.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Kansas City was declared the winner of search engine giant Google’s ‘Google Fiber’ contest on 30 March 2011, beating off more than 1,100 locations in the process. 17 days after the initial announcement, Google announced the decision to include Kansas City, Missouri, thus offering the service to both sides of the state line.