ATLANTA, GA, JANUARY 27, 2015 – by Trey Benton – It’s official! Google Fiber is coming to Atlanta!
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced today during a media event that Google is bringing their ultra-high speed Google Fiber product to the City of Atlanta as well as Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, College Park, Decatur, East Point, Hapeville, Sandy Springs and Smyrna.
“Today is a signal to the world that Atlanta and our region is going to lead in the technology sector,” Mayor Reed told The Post. “Again and again and again we’re seeing people choose Atlanta for technology investment. This is really the most important element we can have. It’s going to attract a level of investment that is really going to help folks get good, well paying jobs in the City of Atlanta and that is the most important thing.”
“This is a huge day for Metro Atlanta and the City of Brookhaven,” Mayor J Max Davis said. “I have been hearing from alot of residents who were extremely excited about the possibility of Google Fiber coming to Brookhaven. City leadership and staff did what it had to do to make sure the internet of everything is at the doorsteps of all of Brookhaven residences and businesses.”
The next step in the process is to create detailed maps of where to place thousands of miles of fiber using existing infrastructure (light poles, underground conduits). Brookhaven administrators say that a joint team of surveyors and engineers will be working on the design of the network. That particular effort has a target completion date of sometime during mid-2015. After that, construction will start.
Google explained in a statement why Brookhaven and the other 17 cities across four metropolitan areas (Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville and Raleigh-Durham) were selected:
“We believe these are communities who will do amazing things with a gig. And they are diverse – not just geographically, but in the ways they’ll give us opportunities to learn about the wide range of challenges and obstacles that communities might face in trying to build a new fiber network.”
Councilman Bates Mattison said Google Fiber coming in to Brookhaven is a huge plus. He said today’s announcement brings with it a tremendous opportunity for Brookhaven’s citizens and businesses – as well as the city as a whole. “Having companies, like Google, choose to invest in our city shows the opportunity we have as a community to attract high-tech citizens and workforce,” said Mattison. “This aligns well with our Brookhaven Innovation Academy initiative, as we have intended to use Google Education and online learning modules to produce the high-tech workforce needed in the future.”
Councilman Joe Gebbia added that bringing Google Fiber to metropolitan Atlanta will have a profound effect for generations to come. “We needed to be nimble, responsive and have that real feeling of enthusiasm – all those components that come with a smaller, accessible government. And we did it. It will help with home resale values, business developments as well as being a great asset as we move forward to developing the entrepreneurial spirit via Brookhaven’s business incubator,” said Gebbia.
Looking at pricing, in the Kansas City area, Google Fiber costs are as follows:
- Gigabit + TV: $120/month ($300 construction fee waived)
- Gigabit Internet: $70/month ($300 construction fee waived)
- Basic Internet: $0/month (for up to seven years starting from the date your address was first connected to the Google Fiber network for any person) + $300 construction fee
According to Google, the average broadband speed is 9.8 Megabits per second. Google Fiber will bring customers access to “Gigabit” Internet connections up to 1,000 Megabits per second—or up to 100 times faster than basic broadband.