Google Evaluates Atlanta Area for its brand of (Insanely Fast) Broadband — Fiber

Google Fiber Expansion Map

tl;dr

  • 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.

From @AJC:

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.

The service, called Fiber, operates at 100 times the speed typically delivered by cable companies today, and at a competitive price. That makes it possible to seamlessly stream HD content or download a feature-length movie in a few seconds. The more devices you’ve got running in your home, the more likely you’d be to notice a big improvement in performance with Google’s 1-gigabit-per-second service.

The company’s timing is either lucky or highly strategic: It comes amid hand-wringing over Comcast’s bid to acquire Time Warner Cable, further collapsing the already slim number of cable Internet providers. By going public with its plans to evaluate 34 key markets nationwide as sites for Fiber, Google also creates buzz around what some onlookers have hailed as a serious challenge to existing providers like Comcast.

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