AUSTIN (KXAN) - Monday is a big deadline for some to get the new Google Fiber service for free in Austin.
The ultra-high speed internet service is expected to be up and running by mid-2014. Non-profits and public institutions like schools, libraries, and senior centers have the chance to get free Google Fiber.
Some non-profits like, Channel Austin , the public access station, could have a better archive system if it wins the application.
It would also allow them to interactive with community forums, and even provide live opportunities for the public to broadcast their stories.
In order to qualify for the free service the applicant has to explain how they would address the digital divide, demonstrate they have a large population of community members they serve, and list the demographics who use the service.
The general manager at Channel Austin says it's also not so much about just one place receiving it - but the possibilities of what could happen when you have a network of places with Google Fiber.
"If the new central library has Google Fiber and we do, people could have community meetings in a conference room and have it aired on the channel," said Stefan Wray, General Manager for Channel Austin." It sort of extends our reach to different parts of Austin."
Groups wishing to apply for a free Google Fiber connection have until 4:45 p.m. on Monday September 30, 2013.
As of Friday only about 50 applications for the 100 spots were submitted. City officials expect to receive a lot more on Monday.
Some with the city said even if groups don't qualify, it believes this free service will be good for the marketplace.
"It's a significant community benefit because the faster the internet speed hopefully it will allow other providers to increase their bandwidth speeds and look at lowering their prices," said Rhondela Hawkins, Telecommunications and Regulatory Affairs, City of Austin.
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