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Google Looking at Atlanta for Super-Fast Internet

City one of 34 across the country that the Silicon Valley giant is looking to bring its new, ultra-fast, fiber optic Internet service.

The company states that Google Fiber operates at 100 times the speed typically provided by other cable companies, and at a competitive price. Courtesy Google Fiber Facebook page
The company states that Google Fiber operates at 100 times the speed typically provided by other cable companies, and at a competitive price. Courtesy Google Fiber Facebook page
Google announced Wednesday that Atlanta is one of 34 cities across the county that the Silicon Valley giant is considering to bring its new, ultra-fast, fiber optic Internet service.

The company states that Google Fiber operates at 100 times the speed typically provided by other cable companies, and at a competitive price.

From the company's Facebook page: "According to Akamai's State of the Internet 4Q2011, the average American only experiences speeds of 5.8 Mb/sec, while Google Fiber offers up to 1,000 Mb/sec download and upload."

The announcement comes as Comcast is attempting to acquire Time Warner Cable, which most analysts predict will not be good for consumers as the number of cable Internet providers continues to shrink.

Fiber would allow users to download a feature-length movie in a matter of seconds, and seamlessly stream HD content.

Fiber currently is in Provo, Utah, and Kansas City, where Internet service runs around $70 a month, and when bundled together with TV is $120. If a consumer keeps the service for a year or two, Google has generally waived most of the up-front equipment charges and fees that can cost several hundred dollars.

The company says that next it’s going to work side-by-side with city leaders on a two-part joint planning process to evaluate whether it can bring Google Fiber to a community.

“We’re going to work on a detailed study of local factors that could affect construction, like topography (e.g., hills, flood zones), housing density and the condition of local infrastructure,” posted Milo Medin, VP, Google Access Services, in a Google blog. “Meanwhile, cities will complete a checklist of items that will help them get ready for a project of this scale and speed.

"For example, they’ll provide us with maps of existing conduit, water, gas and electricity lines so that we can plan where to place fiber. They’ll also help us find ways to access existing infrastructure—like utility poles—so we don’t unnecessarily dig up streets or have to put up a new pole next to an existing one.”

While Atlanta is one of just 34 cities under consideration, it’s not the only one in the metro area. Others under consideration include Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, College Park, Decatur, East Point, Hapeville, Sandy Springs and Smyrna.

Would you consider switching to Google Fiber if it came to Atlanta? Let us know in the comment section below.

Robert Dean February 20, 2014 at 06:18 AM
Based on the terrible inconsistency of comcast cable internet, I couldn't switch to google quickly enough. Please please please come to atlanta!
Dan Cooper February 20, 2014 at 07:37 AM
Love the possibility. Bring it
davidlmcfadden February 20, 2014 at 12:59 PM
Yes. Comcast is a monopoly. I would welcome some competition.

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