AUSTIN – The City of Austin’s Emerging Technology and Telecommunications Committee had its first public discussion Wednesday regarding Google Fiber and which city buildings should get the super fast Internet connection first.
“There is nothing set in stone about who decides. It's a city decision,” said Austin City Council member Laura Morrison, who headed Wednesday night’s discussion at City Hall.
Austin city staffers released recommendations on which buildings they think should be priorities for Google Fiber.
Topping the list was the Austin Public Library. The Austin Convention Center, the Palmer Events Center, the University of Texas and AISD athletic stadiums also made the cut.
In April, Internet search giant Google announced it will be bringing fiber service to Austin sometime in the middle of 2014.
The connection is predicted to be 100-times faster than anything presently on the market.
The City of Austin is hoping that its wishlist for Fiber will coincide with Google’s plans for coverage.
Google says Austin neighborhoods with the most interest will get Fiber first.