This is the invite that was the source of vast quantities of Media Hoopla this weekend.
On Tuesday, April 9, at 11 a.m., the City of Austin and Google will make a very important announcement that will have a positive impact on Austinites and the future of the city. We anticipate more than 100 community leaders and elected officials to be in attendance to celebrate this announcement.
Although we cannot share the details of the announcement with you in advance, we know readers will want to learn more, so we encourage you to join us on Tuesday.
By now, we all know, barring a real surprise, that Austin is getting excited about being #2 on a list (which in itself, is probably a first). Austin would be just the 2nd city in America to partner with Google and be wired with Google Fiber, the nation's fastest available broadband connection at 1 Gigabit. As we have previously reported, Austin ended up submitting what was considered one of the strongest applications after a grassroots uprising of nearly 8,000 Austinites organized around BigGigAustin.org.
Austin's relatively larger size may have worked against us in the first round which saw Google select the relatively smaller Kansas City as the first “Fiber” city. With the experience and insights gained in the smaller market, it seems likely that Google is ready to embrace a city that has already welcomed it with open arms- after all, Google maintains a physical headquarters in Austin and is only looking to expand that footprint both physically and digitally.
MarketWatch: Carlos Kirjner of Bernstein Research wrote on Monday that “we remain skeptical that Google will find a scalable and economically feasible model to extend its build out to a large portion of the U.S., as costs would be substantial,” including the regulatory hurdles.
But he also noted that Austin seems to have a “materially higher” population density than Kansas City that could make the build out of a network cheaper there. “We think Google sees the Kansas City effort as successful so far and think it is highly likely that we will see the effort expanded to other metro areas,” he wrote.
We'll be there at 11am tomorrow. Who knows- maybe everyone in Austin is going to get Google Glass, or better yet, a free (Google self-driving) new caarrrrrr!
P.S. If you are really into the costs of Fiber investment, what it could look like in Austin, and enjoy charts, check out this post from Business Insider. It's pretty clear that taking on Time Warner and the cable boys is part of Google's plan, one which many in Austin would appreciate given the previous consumer response against Time Warner's plan to introduce metered bandwidth pricing.