google-fiber-austin-texasGoogle has released a short list of cities being considered for its new ultra-high speed broadband network called Google Fiber. The City of Atlanta, Decatur, Brookhaven, Avondale Estates, Sandy Springs, 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 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.

“The City of Decatur is proud to be on Google’s short list,” said Mayor Jim Baskett. “Decatur is known for being forward thinking in our commitment to sustainable, long-term planning. We now have the opportunity to demonstrate that we are fiber ready and future ready. Our entire community of homes, schools and places of worship would benefit from Google Fiber’s unbelievably fast internet speeds, in ways we can’t even imagine. We look forward to Google’s building the infrastructure for this technological investment in our community.”

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.