Austin Texas is not a random choice for the next city to get 1Gb/sec residential Internet access. In addition to being the Capital of the Republic of Texas, it is the blue dot in the middle of a red state.
Austin is the location of the influential SXSW festival of Hollywood and Silicon Valley types. It is the plan B for companies looking to get the hell out of California.
In a somewhat related note, this past week Dial Global shut down most of their SAG/AFTRA unionized operations in California and moved them to non-union offices in other states. I wonder what Thom Hartmann and Eddy Schultz have to say about that and who they can blame? Sequestration! Global Warming! the ghost of Margaret Thatcher!