It looks like Google’s super-high-speed internet service is headed for Austin.
A post entitled “Google Fiber’s next stop: Austin, Texas” appeared momentarily on the official Google Fiber blog this past Saturday — before vanishing, bolstering rumors that the service will soon arrive in the Texas city.
A screenshot of the article — published by Engadget — displays an article with no text, just a headline, attributed to “SoandSo.”
Google will hold an event in Austin on Tuesday, and many expect the company to announce plans to roll-out fiber in the city. “On Tuesday, April 9, at 11 a.m., the City of Austin and Google will make a very important announcement that will have a positive impact on Austinites and the future of the city,” reads an invitation to the event.
But as Venture Beat notes the announcement may be something completely different, such as a Google campus in the city.
Google did not respond to our request for comment.
If Google Fiber is indeed headed to Austin, it would be the third city to get the service. Google recently announced that Olathe, Kansas will be the second.
Although Google Fiber began as an experiment to shame the broadband industry into providing faster and cheaper service, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt now says that Google Fiber is a real business. That may be because the broadband industry has been slow to respond to Google’s encroachment, going so far as to say that customers aren’t actually interested in gigabit internet. [via]