Posted: Apr 8, 2013 9:29 PM by Chenda Ngak - CBS News
Rumors that Google Fiber may be headed to Austin, Texas are at fever pitch.
Fiber is the search giant's broadband Internet service. Users can see Internet speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second -- about 100 times faster than current speeds.
According to several reports, the search giant will announce that it will expand its ultra-high speed broadband project to the southern city. Citing sources working for the city of Austin, KVUE says Fiber is slated for several cities in the area.
KXAN reports that the tech giant and the city plan to make the announcement together at a press event on Tuesday at 11 a.m. local time. The city applied to be part of Google's pilot program three years ago, but like hundreds of other locations, was beat out by Kansas City.
Over the weekend, the tech blog Engadget posted a screenshot of a website that appears to be a test page set up to announce the expansion of Fiber. The heading of the page read: "Google Fiber's Next Stop: Austin, Texas."
Fiber began rolling out in Kansas City in November 2012. It's expected that Austin residents will pay similar prices with Kansas City. Customers now pay a $300 installation fee, and can choose to pay $70 a month for Internet. There is also a cable-like service that costs an additional $50 a month. The $300 fee is waived for customers who purchase a bundle.
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