google-fiber-austin-texasGoogle Fiber is officially coming to Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, College Park, Decatur, East Point, Hapeville, Sandy Springs and Smyrna. The announcement about the ultra-high speed internet service was made a press conference this afternoon in Midtown.

The cities will work closely with Google on the next steps to build a brand new fiber-optic network capable of delivering gigabit speeds throughout the service areas. This process will take several months. After it is complete, Google Fiber and the cities will begin constructing the network. A date for when consumers can sign up for the service was not announced.

Today’s average American broadband speed is 11.5 Megabits per second. In contrast, Google Fiber will bring Atlanta residents access to “gigabit” internet connections up to 1,000 Megabits per second.

Google Fiber service will cost about $70 a month for Internet alone and about $130 a month for Internet and television, Google Fiber marketing director Scott Levitan said. A slower version will be offered for a $300 connection fee with no monthly charges or $25 a month for a year, Levitan said.

“We are here because of the hard work, passion and commitment of the city and its leaders,” said Kevin Lo, director of business operations for Google Fiber. “The next chapter of the internet will be written at gigabit speeds. These new networks will lay the foundation for a wave of innovation and economic growth. Atlanta is the perfect city to show us what’s possible, and we can’t wait to see what Atlanta will do with Fiber.”

“Google Fiber is the infrastructure for the next generation of innovation in Atlanta,” said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. “High-speed internet access is essential to participate in the 21st century economy. In addition to supporting our thriving tech and startup communities, Google Fiber will bring greater economic opportunities to every quadrant of the city, so that the next great business idea is just as likely to come from Southwest Atlanta as it is from any other neighborhood.”

“The City of Decatur is thrilled to be one of the metro Atlanta cities that will get connected to Google Fiber,” said Mayor Jim Baskett. “We are a community of homes, schools and places of worship. And we know that Google Fiber’s incredibly fast internet will benefit our community greatly. The entire city looks forward to partnering with Google to make the process of installing Google Fiber as easy and seamless as possible.”

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.

3 replies on “Google will bring high-speed internet to metro Atlanta”

  1. In DeKalb County our leader just announced he’d like to build a NEW downtown for the county.


    We need a new set of leaders.

    DeKalb County needs Google Fiber.

    Good luck to this first round of cities in the area.

  2. Except for streaming video, most casual internet users would not be able to tell the difference between 11 and 1,000 Mbps. Most of the time, I can’t tell the difference between my 3 Mbps speed at work and my 28 Mbps speed at home. There are many factors that affect speed in a browser and the speed of the ISP is only one.

    Not saying this isn’t a good thing, but if people switch to it thinking they will see a 100x improvement in performance are going to be disappointed.

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