Google Fiber expands further

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Google Fiber expands further Google Fiber may be coming to more areas of Southwest Austin by the end of the year, according to a presentation by Google Fiber representatives at the Oak Hill Association of Neighborhoods meeting Aug. 10.

Parisa Fatehi-Weeks, head of community impact programs and investments for Google Fiber in Austin, said service sign-ups for residents in some Southwest Austin neighborhoods began in early August, and residents who are eligible to sign up have until Oct. 13 to do so.

The new Austin sign-up area includes parts of the 78735, 78736, 78737, 78739, 78745, 78746, 78748 and 78749 ZIP codes, according to Google Fiber’s service area map.

Fatehi-Weeks said residents can check the Google Fiber website and enter an address to check specific availability to a home or apartment.

Though sign-ups are open until October, service itself may not be activated until the end of the year, Fatehi-Weeks said. The August expansion into Oak Hill, Circle C Ranch and other neighborhoods comes after service launched in the 78745 ZIP code and South Austin in early spring and relaunched in May.

Google Fiber offers internet service at up to 1 gigabit-per-second download and upload speeds as well as TV and phone service using fiber-optic lines underground.

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Joe Basco is the reporter for the Southwest Austin area. He joined the Community Impact team in May 2015. Joe was born and raised in Jacksonville, Fla., but lived in Midland for two years and reported for the Midland Reporter-Telegram before arriving in Austin.
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