Sandy Springs, Brookhaven, Avondale Estates, College Park, Decatur, East Point, Hapeville, Smyrna and Atlanta met a May 1 deadline to provide information to Google to bring high-speed, fiber-optic Internet service to the metro.

Google required help from municipalities to provide information about existing infrastructure and construction processes to make build-out as speedy and predictable as possible by ensuring that Google understands the way each city works with utility providers.

“The addition of Google Fiber to metro Atlanta can provide a great boost for our very connected community, helping our drive to become one of the world’s greatest, most vibrant regions,” said Doug Hooker, ARC Executive Director. “It has been very rewarding to be part of this incredible, collaborative nine-city effort.”

Google has not set metro Atlanta pricing. In Kansas City, where it does offer service, it charges $70 per month for internet speeds of one gigabit per second, and $120 for high-speed internet and TV service. They also offer a more affordable basic speed internet service for a one-time installation fee of $300. That one payment would guarantee service for at least seven years. Google estimates that it will cost approximately $5,000 per mile to install its fiber-optic network.

Just how fast is Google Fiber? Fiber-optics carry data as pulses of light, allowing transmission of large volumes of data much more quickly than copper wiring. A gigabit is 1,000 megabits per second, roughly 100 times faster than the average U.S. download speed. Standard speeds average 20 megabits per second. With Google Fiber, you could download an entire HD movie in about 33 seconds.

The cities have been told that Google will make its decision by the end of 2014.

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.