The new Google Fiber space at Ponce City Market (Photos by Aaron Lindberg Photography)

Google Fiber updated its progress to bring gigabyte internet, TV and phone service to metro Atlanta during a press conference today at the new Fiber Space at Ponce City Market. The company announced that sign-up for residents and businesses would begin soon in five Atlanta neighborhoods: Midtown East, Piedmont Heights, Virginia-Highland, Morningside/Lenox Park and Old Fourth Ward.

Following the announcement, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed joined guests for a tour of the Fiber Space and conducted the first live speed test using Google Fiber’s gigabit internet. The Fiber Space is designed to provide the community with a place to hang out, share ideas, sign up for service, and explore Google Fiber’s options.

Google officials also said residents would have a limited time to sign up for the service so fiber optic wiring can be installed in homes. The deadlines for the five neighborhoods announced today are:

  • Midtown East: Sept. 29, 2016
  • Piedmont Heights: Sept. 29, 2016
  • Morningside/Lenox Park: Dec. 8, 2016
  • Old Fourth Ward: Dec. 8, 2016
  • Virginia-Highland: Dec. 8, 2016
Inside the Google Fiber space at Ponce City Market.

Customers across the metro Atlanta area living in apartment buildings can use the Apartment Finder tool to see if Google Fiber is available in their building or if it is on track to come to their building. Likewise, single-family residential customers and businesses can sign up to receive notifications for their area so they can be among the first to receive Google Fiber.

The Fiber Space at Ponce City Market is open to the public 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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.