Google Fiber is coming to Austin, but how do you know if your apartment community will get it? How do you request it? How does it even work? Read on for the answers to all your burning questions about the fastest internet available.
First of all, to find out whether your apartment will be receiving Google Fiber, you can type in the name or street address on Google Fiber's site. If your apartment isn't listed, take the survey to let your property manager know anonymously that you want Google Fiber. Reach out to your neighbors and ask them to request it as well. Google is putting service in first in the places with the highest demand.
How does Google Fiber work? How much does it cost? There are three plans you can choose from depending on what you are looking for: Gigabit + TV, Gigabit Internet, and Basic Internet.
Gigabit + TV will cost $130 per month plus taxes and fees. There is no construction fee with a one year commitment. This plan gives you up to 1 gigabit (1,000 Mbps) upload and download speed, over 150 television channels, including HD, and 1 TB of cloud storage across Gmail, Drive, and Google+ Photos. In addition, you will get one included TV Box which includes a DVR, and a Network Box. Up to six TV boxes can be added for $5 per month per box.
Don't need TV? Check out the Gigabit Internet plan, which is $70 per month plus taxes and fees and waves the $300 construction fee with a one year commitment. Internet speed is up to one gigabit (1,000 Mbps) upload and download speed, you get 1 TB of storage across Gmail, Drive, and Google+ Photos, and you get a Network Box.
The last plan provides Basic Internet for $0/month + taxes and fees but requires a one time $300 construction fee which can be paid up front or at $25 per month for 12 months. Internet speed with this plan is up to 5 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload speed. The Network Box is included and free service is guaranteed for at least 7 years per address.