Google just announced that Austin, Texas will be the second city to get connected with Google Fiber, the company’s high-speed broadband Internet/TV service. There has been loads of speculation and excitement surrounding Fiber ever since it was announced in 2011. Only residents of Kansas City (both in Kansas and Missouri) have had the privilege of dropping their former Internet/TV providers for Google’s service that brags faster speeds than other commercial providers at a competitive price. The entire project has only cost $94 million to build the infrastructure and connect homes, and analysts predict that implementing Fiber in Austin will cost a similar amount, if not less.
“You don’t get to a million users without burning a few calories” – I’m copywriting that tagline before the Social Network equivalent of the incredibly popular Fitocracy begins pre-production.
On Tuesday, the social media giant announced that it has reached 1 million users, which is a huge goal to meet, especially less than two years out of beta.
Wired phones are a thing of the past. More and more homes, especially the homes of young professionals, don’t even have wired lines anymore. Mobile devices have all but eliminated the need for them. Payphones are even more obsolete, but they still exist in large numbers, especially in New York City.