Could Google Fiber push Austin, TX past Silicon Valley in terms of technology?

Google finally made their highly-anticipated announcement today about their next stop on the Google Fiber tour, and that’s right, you guessed it, it’s Austin, Texas. Google made their official statement just hours ago, revealing that Austin will be the second recipient of their super-fast 1 gigabit Internet and TV service “Google Fiber.” So how fast is this 1-gigabit service? Faster than most of us can probably even imagine, at about 150 times the speed of your average broadband Internet access speeds in this country. Not only will the 1-gigabit Internet service be available, but Google Fiber also offers a 1-terabyte Google drive space, TV service and a DVR that can record up to 8 shows at once!

Not only are the Internet speeds faster than we can begin to imagine, but they’re also offering a free version of 5Mbps download, 1Mbps upload speed with an initial $300 setup fee, for a guaranteed 7 years of service. While the free version’s speed may not get the tech nerds excited, this is a great feature for Austinites who are living without Internet access, or may still be using dial-up.

While Google’s goodwill and fantastic prices may be making headlines, as an established Austin SEO Company we can’t help but wonder what Google Fiber will mean for Austin’s already prosperous technology industry. Kansas City, Google’s first city chosen for Google Fiber has grown an amazing technology industry, thanks in part to Google Fiber. The Wall Street Journal even listed Kansas City as an “Information Hub” in 2010, saying:

“In 2009 the number of tech companies rose by 5% to 2,900, trumping the growth rates of well-known hubs like Silicon Valley, Boston and Austin, Texas.”

Austin already tops most top 5 charts as one of the most innovative cities in the U.S., so will Google Fiber take them to the top? Austin, Texas, also referred to as Silicone Hills, has been hot on Silicone Valley’s heels in the past few years. In 2010, Forbes listed Austin as the one of most innovative cities in the United States with about 2,900 patented inventions, the second most per-capita. Austin can also thank the University of Texas’ School of Engineering, which ranks ninth on the U.S. News World and Report list of best engineering schools and produces over 1,000 undergraduates per year, many of whom stay to work and live in the innovative city. According to the director of the school’s career center, employers actually come to Austin because “they can get quality and quantity.”

Google Fiber is just one more reason for job-seekers, job creators, and the nation’s bright and innovative to move to Austin, Texas. Google Fiber will continue to build on Austin’s momentum and will help make things possible that we haven’t even dreamed up yet!

Author: Allison Schnur is the Senior Project Manager of ArteWorks SEO, a full service search engine optimization firm located in Austin, TX. For more information about SEO, SEM, or social media please visit http://www.arteworks.biz.

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