AUSTIN (KXAN) - Google Fiber is expected to be up and running by mid-2014 in Austin. But we still don't know who will have first access to the ultra-high-speed internet service.
Thursday the Austin City Council approved criteria for determining which non-profits and public organizations will get Google Fiber for free.
We know two places that will receive free Google Fiber: Austin City Hall and the new Central Library, currently under construction. A hundred other public facilities and non-profits will get the speedy broadband, too. But who?
"I would say probably the schools of course," said South Austin resident Erica Payne.
"I volunteer for Dress for Success, which is a non-profit here in Austin," said Krisha Allen. "Maybe even some of the churches who do the non-profits will get it."
The city will accept applications to be one of the hundred. Thursday, council members approved a checklist of sorts for staff to follow when determining which organizations qualify for free Google Fiber.
Here are some key points:
- Selected sites should be spread out geographically.
- They should serve diverse populations.
- The sites should range from government to education to social services to health care type facilities.
So, you want Google Fiber in your home.
"They never said exactly where it's going to be," Payne said.
How do you get it? In Kansas City, where Google first rolled out Fiber, they built the network where the demand was. But history might not repeat itself.
A spokesperson told KXAN, "[In Kansas City] the fiberhoods that pre-registered the highest percentage of residents got Fiber first. But that's not necessarily how we'll do it in Austin. We haven't announced the signup process/installation schedule yet."
"I think it would be really successful in Hyde Park," said Hannah Bronsnick. "I think Hyde Park residents would totally be into it."
Like the criteria for non-profits and public places, some say keep it balanced.
"They're going to give it to the neighborhoods. Just make sure they distribute it equally across Austin," said Payne.
Applications for public organizations and non-profits to get free Google Fiber will be available Monday on the City's web page. Deadline for submission is September 30, 2013. The city has to send it's list of 100 to Google by the end of the year.
The University of Texas Board of Regents adjourned Thursday without taking action on the job status of embattled UT President Bill Powers.
Longhorns coach Mack Brown talked with reporters Thursday for the first time since reports surfaced this week that he could be stepping down.
After two hours of discussion regarding the final design for Auditorium Shores, the Austin City Council decided to approve the design on a vote of 7-0 with amendments.
Despite what seemed like a surge of controversies, the Austin Aquarium opened its doors to members Thursday for a private pre-entry showing.
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