The Community Wide Technology committee adopted the name "Gig Austin" to reflect their goal of gigabit level broadband service for every home and business within the Austin Public School District.  The team is made up of a variety of community members with the interest, expertise, and professional affiliations necessary to make this project happen. They are thankful to The Hormel Foundation, The Blandin Foundation, and Ag Star Financial Services for grants that have funded the surveys and studies listed below, and look forward to working with even more community partners in the future.

Past accomplishments


  • Conducted a feasibility study in 2013 to analyze the best practices, promising technologies, and business models available to provide "state-of-the-art technology" in Austin.
  • Determined that a fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) model of ultra-fast broadband is the best option for Austin.  The committee adopted the name "Gig Austin" for the project, in recognition of the goal of providing 1GB transfer speeds to the community at a cost comparable to current providers.
  • Conducted a household survey in 2014 to gauge public interest in the project.  Out of 300 respondents, 92% would consider switching to a community-based provided if they could receive faster speeds for a comparable price.

Current objectives


  • Develop local partnerships and a sustainable business model to ensure the project's future success.  Gig Austin is pursuing a partnership that would include investments from private, public, and philanthropic organizations.
  • Similar to the Community Recreation Center project, it is likely that a public entity (in this case Austin Utilities) would own the relevant infrastructure while a private entity would be contracted to provide the desired services.  This arrangement will provide the most efficient and quality service for consumers while remaining cost-effective for ratepayers.
  • Continue to educate the public and raise awareness about the importance of fast, reliable Internet for economic development, educational achievement, and enhanced public safety.

Future goals


  • Once funding is secured, build-out the necessary infrastructure and establish an ongoing maintenance plan to provide ultra high-speed Internet to everyone home and business within the Austin Public School District.
  • Market the service and sign up new customers.
  • Create a program to provide scholarships for low-income households that would otherwise not be able to afford high-speed Internet.