Google is evaluating Atlanta, as well as the surrounding suburban communities of Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, College Park, Decatur, East Point, Hapeville, Sandy Springs and Smyrna, for an internet and television service that could let you surf the web as quickly as you change the channel.
The average speed you get in your house is about 9.8 megabits per second, according to Akamai Technologies. Google is offering more than 100-times that — a 1,000 megabits per second, a gigabit.
The service is called Fiber and it’s already available in Kansas City and Provo, Utah for $70 a month, or $120 with TV. There are also plans to extend it to Austin.
Atlanta and eight other local cities are candidates for Google’s new, ultra-fast fiber optic Internet and television service, the Silicon Valley giant announced Wednesday.