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Google Fiber debuts in Austin in December

Google is developing a wireless network that will be able to run fiber-fast speeds without using any cables. The fast Google Fiber Internet service will be launched in Austin, Texas, ahead of the holiday season.

Google today released a statement confirming that residents in the south and southeast region of Austin will be able to sign up for its gigabit Internet service beginning in December.

"We'll expand from there - over time, all of Austin will have a chance to sign up for gigabit speeds," Google said. "We don't have a precise timeline on installations, but right now we're doing a lot of heavy construction so that we can get Austinites hooked up as quickly as possible."

It may be recalled that last year Google had announced plans to expand Google Fiber into Austin and had announced that people living in Austin would get service in mid-2014. That's a bit behind schedule and the delay allowed rivals like AT&T U-verse to seize the advantage by launching gigabit Internet there.

Those who want Google Fiber will be able to pre-register online for a $10; if enough people sign up (between 5 and 25 percent of households, The Wall Street Journal said), Google will connect that area.

Service plans will be similar to those offered in Kansas City - the first region to get Google Fiber. The customers in this city will be allowed to choose from Internet and TV packages for $120 a month or Internet-only service for $70 per month.

Google has also announced its plan to connect a number of Austin's public institutions, including schools, hospitals, and community centers, to Fiber at no cost.

"We believe the Internet's next chapter will be built on gigabit speeds, and we hope this new Google Fiber city will inspire communities across America to think about what ultrafast connectivity could mean for them," Milo Medin, vice president of Google Fiber, said last year.