AUSTIN (KXAN) - When Google confirms the plan to introduce its ultra high speed internet service in Austin, as expected in Tuesday morning's joint announcement with the City of Austin, it may not come to your house overnight.
Sources in Kansas City tell KXAN the initial excitement of the announcement will give way to what might feel like a "deafening silence." And then Google will steadily begin wiring a neighborhood or two at a time for the services.
An online video from Google posted on YouTube showed the recent rollout process in Kansas City's metro areas. The production had the feel of a grassroots campaign rally where smiling homeowners waved and put up signs neighborhood by neighborhood.
But instead of stumping for a politician, residents were working to win over a growing internet giant in an effort to be first to have the gigabit fiber lines installed.
NBC News at the time reported people in Kansas City put down a $10 deposit to let Google know their level of commitment.
Google's website reiterated the neighborhoods where they set up first were chosen by the number of people who signed up. So in Austin, where would that be?
"I don't know if it's appropriate to put out signs or what," said Rye Clifton, as he munched on a dish of pulled pork at a sidewalk coffee house along South Congress." If there are signs, there will be one in my yard. That's something I'll get behind more than anything."
Over in East Austin, Steve Gorman was getting ready to ride his bike along Sixth Street.
"I can't see them rallying hard for it (here in East Austin, east of IH-35)," he said. "I think there's some people that would like it, and some people that wouldn't care."
Of course Austin's 800,000 residents makes for scores of neighborhoods.
In Kansas City, it took Google six weeks of consultations, then eight more months of scoping out the urban area. Only then did it announce a list of 180 neighborhoods, or "fiberhoods," and approve the then experimental one gigabit service.
Since then, Google has expanded in the Kansas City area and is planning to bring it to Olathe, a suburb 20 miles southwest of Kansas City, Kan.
KXAN.com will live stream the 11a.m. announcement from Google and the City of Austin and offer full coverage here online and on our news broadcasts throughout the day.
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