Google has released a short list of cities being considered for its new ultra-high speed broadband network called Google Fiber. The City of Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Brookhaven, Decatur, Avondale Estates, College Park, East Point, Hapeville and Smyrna are all on the list released today on the Google Fiber blog.

Google Fiber could bring  residents access to “Gigabit” Internet connections up to 1,000 Megabits per second—or up to 100 times faster than basic broadband.

Starting this week, Google will work closely with Mayor Kasim Reed and city of Atlanta leaders on a joint planning process to explore what it would take to build a brand new fiber-optic network capable of delivering these gigabit speeds throughout the city. Google will begin compiling a detailed study of local factors that might affect construction plans. Simultaneously, Mayor Reed and city leaders will begin meetings with Google to discuss what it would take to plan and prepare the city for a fiber project of this scale.

Google will provide an update on which cities will get Google Fiber by the end of this year.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.