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Austin, TX to Rock the Google Gigabit!

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Is this the other shoe dropping that incumbents fear and advocates cheer? Austin is the second major city selected to receive Google fiber. Are we about to see a trickle turn into a cascade of inspired cities and towns answering the FCC’s Gigabit City Challenge?

Learn the secret to Austin's success. Two key leaders of Austin’s drive to snag the brass ring offer valuable insights. Austin Council Member Laura Morrison and Rondella Hawkins, Telcommunications and Regulatory Affairs Officer for the City of Austin, discuss how they planned and executed their campaign to bring Google to town.

Both officials have extensive experience implementing broadband projects in Austin beyond the Google effort, so they have a running start on the myriad of programs constituents can expect from the network. We discuss the potential education, economic development, digital inclusion and telemedicine goals that have stakeholders excited.