Cedar Park is fiber-ready despite no Google (Community Impact Newspaper) May 28, 2013

When the City of Austin announced in April that Google Fiber was coming to the area in 2014, Cedar Park elected officials wondered when the northwest suburb would get the high-speed Internet and television service.

Research Valley Technology Council joins Gig.U (KBTX) May 17, 2013

The Research Valley Technology Council (RVTC) is pleased to announce that it has joined over 30 communities across the country as part of Gig.U, the University Community Next Generation Innovation Project. In joining Gig.U, the RVTC seeks to accelerate the deployment of ultra-high speed networks in Bryan-College Station. Improvements to the local bandwidth ecosystem will drive economic growth and stimulate new innovations in the Research Valley.

Austin creates wishlist for where Google Fiber should go first (KVUE) May 15, 2013

The City of Austin’s Emerging Technology and Telecommunications Committee had its first public discussion Wednesday regarding Google Fiber and which city buildings should get the super fast Internet connection first.

Google Fiber in Austin prompts Time Warner to bolster wi-fi network (eWeek) April 28, 2013

Video, high-speed data and voice services provider Time Warner Cable announced that the company has begun deployment of TWC WiFi, a citywide WiFi hotspot network for its customers in Austin, Texas.

Bryan, Brazos Valley Council of Governments back efforts to boost web speed (The Eagle) April 23, 2013

The city of Bryan and the Brazos Valley Council of Governments have joined a push to bring ultra high-speed Internet to the area.

The public entities each matched $25,000 pledges put forth by Texas A&M University, the city of College Station and Brazos County.

Broadband and technology in rural areas (Echo News Journal) April 20, 2013

The Texas Universal Service Fund (TUSF) was established in 1987 as a way to increase the economic viability of providing basic telecommunications services to rural areas in Texas. Specifically, the TUSF funds telecommunications services’ discounts to schools, libraries, rural health care providers, and low-income customers as well as funds to local telephone companies that serve high-cost areas. The TUSF is funded by fees charged to local, long distance, pager, wireless, and other telecommunications services.

Google Fiber-Costly experiment of smart investment (Kapitall Wire) April 19, 2013

…While much of the excitement surrounding Google Fiber has centered on the service’s potential to act as a catalyst for business growth, questions about the project’s impact and viability remain. Will Google Fiber pose a challenge to the private companies dominating the telecommunications services industry? What is the likelihood of a national roll out? What are the financial implications of this endeavor?

Is AT&T’s 1 Gig response to Google Fiber real or fantasy? (Fierce Telecom) April 10, 2013

AT&T did not take too long to respond to Google Fiber’s much anticipated move to make Austin the next stop on its fiber to the premises network train…

…”AT&T’s expanded fiber plans in Austin anticipate it will be granted the same terms and conditions as Google on issues such as geographic scope of offerings, rights of way, permitting, state licenses and any investment incentives,” AT&T said in a release about their 1 Gbps plans. By comparison, Google won’t start delivering service until 2014…

Austin expected to offer Google’s fiber optic network (Fox Rio 2 News) April 9, 2013

Google and Texas Gov. Rick Perry scheduled a Tuesday morning announcement in Austin. Industry groups and observers are widely expecting Austin to receive Google’s fiber-optic network that’s capable of reaching speeds far greater than average cable-modem connections.

Why Google is wiring Austin with high-speed fiber (Bloomberg on You Tube) April 9, 2013

Google will plan to offer high-speed Internet access in Austin, Texas, extending the reach of its network that is more than 100 times faster than some broadband services.

Google, AT&T target Austin for high-speed internet (Chicago Tribune) April 9, 2013

Google Inc said on Tuesday it plans to bring its ultra high-speed Internet and television service to Austin, Texas, next year, prompting AT&T Inc to reveal its own plans to follow suit – if it gets the same terms from local authorities.

Gig.U yanks press release congratulating Austin on Google Fiber (updated) (Venture Beat) April 8, 2013

A leaked press release from gigabit internet organization Gig.U congratulating the city of Austin and Google on their new Google Fiber partnership was quickly removed today.

Google fiber heading to Austin – official announcement expected Tuesday (DSL Broadband Reports) April 8, 2013

Google is preparing to announce this week that Austin will be the next major city to see Google Fiber. Though Google has yet to announce anything officially, local ABC affiliate KVUE has been told by “sources” that the Austin announcement is a done deal. Seemingly confirming that report, a portion of Google’s website late last week briefly and inadvertently scooped Google’s own announcement with a banner reading “Google Fiber’s Next Stop: Austin, Texas.”

Is Austin next in line after KC for Google fiber (Kansas City Star) April 6, 2013

Kansas City might soon be a virtual cousin to Austin, Texas, with bragging rights over faster-than-fast Internet. An invitation issued Friday by Google Inc. and the City of Austin has launched speculation that the hipster hub of Texas could be the second market where the Internet search giant plans to run fiber optic lines to homes for a high-speed Internet service.

Google extending fiber to Texan capital Austin next week, say reports (Tech 2) April 6, 2013

Back in 2011, when Google first announced that it would be launching a super high-speed Internet connectivity service called Fiber in the US, it was a toss-up between thousands of cities across the country for the first rollout of the service. Eventually Kansas City, Kansas came out on top and now enjoys the goodness of Google Fiber, along with a few towns and areas nearby.

Texas City RFI for municipal wireless network (MuniWireless) March 6, 2013

The city of Texas City (pop. 46,000) has released a Request for Information (RFI) for professional services in connection with the design and deployment of a municipal wireless network.

Texas School District launches fiber-optic WAN plan (The Journal) February 28, 2013

Lovejoy Independent School District (Lovejoy ISD), located north of Dallas, TX, will implement a new fiber-optic wide area network (WAN), which will provide a minimum of one Gigabit of communications bandwidth to each site in the district.

College Station council hears pitch for high-speed internet ( The Eagle) January 25, 2013

The College Station City Council entertained a proposal on Thursday to allow business and residents access to cheaper high-speed Internet connections that could allow for virtual reality simulations, real-time genomic sequencing, ultra-high definition video streaming and other applications in the not-too-distant future.


State troopers granted federal OK for high-speed network (Longview News Journal) August 15, 2012

Comparing the change to the difference “from dial-up Internet to broadband” or a “garden hose to fire hose,” the Texas Department of Public Safety announced Tueday it has been approved to begin operating a public safety 4G technology.

School discounts for broadband questioned during telecom hering (KVUE-Austin) August 14, 2012

It’s something many of us take for granted — that the Internet is just a click away.

Texas authorized to activate Public Safety Broadband Network for seamless information sharing (Your Kingwood News) August 6, 2012

The State of Texas recently received authorization by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to begin operating a broadband network that will ultimately enhance public safety communications across the state by providing more data and access to communication resources to first responders than is currently available. The order released by the FCC enables Texas to begin deploying and operating public safety LTE (“4G” cellular technology) networks immediately, which will become part of the nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network, called FirstNet.

Federal lawmakers push rural broadband expansion (Amarillo Globe News) July 21, 2012

Companies warn telephone costs are on their way up as lawmakers push broadband connectivity as the new standard for government-provided Internet access.

Cities have no business monopolizing broadband, Municipal broadband portend high costs, low innovation, Joseph L. Bast, March 7, 2005

Should municipalities be allowed to build and operate broadband networks in competition with private companies? The Texas Legislature is currently considering a law that would make it difficult for cities to do so. But the same legislation that is designed to protect consumers is also getting a lot of attention.

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