This week, it was revealed that AT&T would beat Google Fiber to the punch in bringing fiber-backed Internet to Austin, Texas. The incumbent telecom company would also match Google Fiber on price by offering gigabit Internet for $70 a month. Now Google is firing back.
Google Fiber announced today that it will be donating ten years of free Gigabit Internet to 100 community organizations in Austin. The organizations receiving this free Internet range from museums and theaters to public libraries and schools. You can see a full list here.
Google notes that these organizations aren’t guaranteed to receive free Internet. Just like in Kansas City, these organizations must be part of a fiberhood. That will require the residential houses in the area to sign up for Google Fiber thus giving these organizations free Internet. These organizations will also play a hand in convincing the local residents to sign up for Google Fiber instead of AT&T’s new service.
Here’s a short video detailing what Austin community organizations would do with free Gigabit Internet:
While all of this is nice, Google admits that it will be a while before the fiber rollout begins in Austin. It will take Google until at least late 2014 to start getting free Internet to these organizations. Until then, people can either wait for Google Fiber or sign up for AT&T’s GigaPower service. For those who lack patience, just know that AT&T’s cheap fiber Internet will require you hand over your browser history so they can sell you ads. Oh, there’s a data cap too.