Travis County approved a license agreement with Google Fiber at a March 7 meeting to expand affordable internet access to unincorporated areas of the county. Google Fiber is already available in several neighborhoods in precincts 1 and 2, and is starting to file permits for precincts 3 and 4. The county will receive 1% of the gross revenue generated from the Google Fiber installations.
John-Michael Cortez, government and community affairs manager at Google Fiber, said one of the big benefits Google Fiber brings to communities is competition. Incumbent providers typically start investing in higher speed, better service, and lower prices when Google Fiber enters the market.
Google Fiber participates in the Federal Affordable Connections Program, which allows qualified residents to receive a stipend. The company will also release a service later this year that would make Google Fiber essentially free for ACP-eligible residents.
Google Fiber is committed to providing reliable, fairly priced internet access to all residents of Travis County.