By Brendan Sasso - 04/09/13 05:06 PM EDT
Google said it plans to connect some public institutions, such as schools, hospitals and community centers, for free.
In a blog post, Milo Medin, the head of Google Fiber, said the company chose Austin because it is a "mecca for creativity and entrepreneurialism, with thriving artistic and tech communities, as well as the University of Texas and its new medical research hospital."
"We’re sure these folks will do amazing things with gigabit access, and we feel very privileged to have been welcomed to their community," he said.
—Updated at 2:00 p.m.