Google Fiber is taking over the southeastern part of the United States. Google announced that it would bring its high-speed Internet service to several cities, and residents are reportedly happy about the news. Google Fiber, a gigabit Internet service, will first launch in Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville, and Raleigh-Durham metro areas, according to ABC News. That means the Internet service will cover four metro areas and 18 cities.
Google didn’t announce when Google Fiber will be available for customers in the announced areas. But that didn’t stop people from exclaiming their excitement on Twitter. Google claims that its Google Fiber Internet service is up to 100 times faster than basic broadband Internet.
— Google Fiber (@googlefiber) January 28, 2015
Google recently sent invitations to news organizations in the four metro areas. The news organizations were asked to attend Google Fiber related events this week. The events in Atlanta and Nashville are scheduled for Tuesday, Raleigh and Charlotte on Wednesday, and Durham on Thursday, according to the Wall Street Journal.
According to Google, movies can be downloaded as quickly as in two minutes. The high speed from Google Fiber can also help make some advances in science and business. Take that, Verizon FiOS.
Google hasn’t had difficulties making customers switch over to Google Fiber. The company will charge $70 per month for Internet service, and $120 per month for the television and Internet bundle. This package is only available in the Kansas City market. Dennis Kish, vice president of Google Fiber, announced in a blog post on Tuesday that he hopes to bring Google Fiber to more customers in the near future.
“New research from the Fiber to the Home Council shows gigabit networks are contributing billions of dollars in economic growth.”
“Communities across America are demanding more speed for their own homes and businesses, and we’re going to keep doing our part to help.”
Google says that it will have more updates about its Google Fiber Internet service later this year. Those updates include bringing Fiber to more cities across the United States. Google is hoping to bring the service to other cities such as Phoenix, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, and San Jose.
This isn’t the first time that Google Fiber has popped up in the United States. Google first launched its high-speed Internet service in Kansas City in 2012. Google charged $80 per month for the service, but it looks like the price dipped a little. Google Fiber also has a slower version that’s free after a one-time construction fee.
Not everybody is excited about the news of Google Fiber, though. Comcast CEO Irene Esteves believes that Americans don’t need fiber optic Internet speeds. According to a report on the Inquisitr, Esteves calls Google Fiber “an irrelevant exercise in bragging rights.” She also believes there isn’t a need for fiber Internet, unless there’s a real demand for it. From the looks of this, customers in southeastern United States are happy about the news of Google Fiber and its faster Internet service.
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