Google Fiber reveals 1 Gig pricing for Austin

Google Fiber (NASDAQ: GOOG) is finally providing details on its fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) build in Austin, Texas, revealing pricing for its stand-alone and bundle service tiers.

Similar to the deployments it has done in Kansas City and Provo, Utah, eligible consumers will have their choice of three options: an up to 5/1 Mbps service; a stand-alone 1 Gbps symmetrical service for $70 a month; and an Internet and TV package with up to 150 channels for $130 a month, which is $10 more than what's offered in Kansas City.

Customers that want the 5/1 Mbps option will be charged with a one-time $300 installation fee, which can be paid all at once or $25 a month for 12 months.

The service provider will waive the $300 construction fee for both the stand-alone and TV/Gigabit bundle if the customer agrees to a one-year service contract.

Construction on the fiber network in Austin is underway, with buildouts into specific neighborhoods picking up in December, when Google Fiber starts the "fiberhood rallies" process where it deploys service in areas that have shown the greatest interest in getting service.

At the same time, Google Fiber is working with the Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA) to wire public housing units with its fiber-based service. Under the terms of the agreement it has with HACA, the service provider will provide a free fiber connection in a neighborhood that meets their sign-up goals.

"If a family in one of these properties signs up for our Basic Service, they get an in-home Internet connection at today's basic broadband speeds, free for ten years after construction," Google said in a blog post. "They can also upgrade and pay for gigabit speeds anytime."

While Google Fiber's move into Austin is compelling, it will be facing some stiff competition from both AT&T (NYSE: T) and Grande Communications, two service providers that already have been offering 1 Gbps service.

AT&T's standalone 1 Gbps offering is similarly priced at $70 a month and requires users to agree to have their Internet activity tracked by the telco. AT&T customers who have signed up for the initial 300 Mbps offering will be upgraded to 1 Gbps when it becomes available.

Meanwhile, Grande, which began offering a $65 a month 1 Gbps service in February, recently announced that it is expanding its presence into more parts of the city, including the West Campus area of Austin.

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