City Asks Your Support on Google Network Response

On Wednesday, the Austin City Council Committee for Emerging Technology and Telecommunications discussed the Google Fiber for Communities initiative. All three members (Councilmembers Laura Morrison, Randi Shade, Chris Riley) enthusiastically supported the project. They asked City staff to begin working on our response, and they promised to bring a motion for support before the full City Council. The councilmembers also directed city staff to work closely with the community, to get their support and assistance.

Today, I got the following email from Rondella Hawkins, the Manager of Telecommunications and Regulatory Affairs for the City of Austin. That's the department that is coordinating the City of Austin response. She is asking citizens to act in support of the RFI.

So to everybody who has been asking what you can do to bring the Google fiber network to Austin ... here you go!


As you probably already know, the City is submitting an application to Google’s RFI to build FTTH fiber network here in Austin with a fast-approaching deadline of March 26th!!! We all know that Austin is the perfect test community for Google’s fiber network pilot.

You can help support Austin by completing Google's separate on-line application for residents and community groups. This in addition to the City's application.

Please note that you will need a Google email account (

Here is link:

Don’t forget to spread the word to others! The city will launch a publicized campaign but I wanted to get the word out.


Rondella M. Hawkins
Manager of the Office of Telecommunications & Regulatory Affairs