AUSTIN, Texas-- Lawyer Justin Estep welcomes Google Fiber to Austin.
I'm a speed freak, I need the best Internet speed, Estep said. It's kind of like the switch from dial-up to broadband; it's that big of a jump.
It s Internet 100 times faster than anything currently available, but as an AT&T U-Verse customer, it s also Estep s new bargaining chip.
I always am considering getting my rates knocked down, competition is good and everything is negotiable, he said.
Google will offer gigabit service for $70 per month, or standard broadband speeds for a one-time $300 fee.
I'd like to see more bandwidth at a cheaper price, said Michael Paczan, who tells KVUE his interest in Google Fiber will depend on what they provide.
Whether Google offered something that differentiated it from what AT&T has or Time Warner cable which is already there as well, I'm not sure since I haven't seen the specifics of what they're going to be offering people.
Tuesday morning, AT&T also announced plans for a gigabit fiber network in Austin but didn't offer a timeline.
In Kansas City, work is still underway to install Google Fiber in most so-called fiberhoods and none are complete yet, so it will likely be years before Austin s Google Fiber is finished.
Google says it will build the first fiberhoods in the areas with the most interest, and Estep believes there will be a lot of interest all over the city.
I don't think it'll be too much of a push in our area, just because most people derive their living from a co-axial cable, so fiber-optic cable would obviously be better, he said.
Google plans to start connecting homes in Austin by mid-2014.
Right now, they are taking email addresses so you can be the first to know when to sign up for Google Fiber, and make your neighborhood a fiberhood.
Click here to sign up for Google Fiber.