Google Fiber, an internet and TV service marketed as "up to 100 times faster than basic broadband speeds," may be coming to Georgia — more specifically, to the metro Atlanta area.
Creative Loafing reports that possible sites include Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, College Park, Decatur, East Point, Hapeville, Sandy Springs, and Smyrna; and that "Google hopes to announce its selection by the end of the year."
Other prospective cities include Portland, Ore., Phoenix and Nashville, Tenn., among others.
As Google Access Services Vice President Milo Medin explained, "Between now and then, we’ll work closely with each city’s leaders on a joint planning process that will not only map out a Google Fiber network in detail, but also assess what unique local challenges we might face. These are such big jobs that advance planning goes a long way toward helping us stick to schedules and minimize disruption for residents. ...
"(The cities will) also help us find ways to access existing infrastructure — like utility poles — so we don't unnecessarily dig up streets or have to put up a new pole next to an existing one."
Fiber has been the subject of intense fascination and awe from the information technology sector for at least the past few years. (According to Google, 7.7 percent of internet connections in the U.S. are fiber.) The service debuted in Kansas City, Kan., in April of 2013 and has since expanded to Provo, Utah. Austin, Texas, is next.
In a statement to CL, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said he is "excited about the possibility."
But the best news is probably the price: according to CL, TV and internet packages start at $70 — which, yes, is probably cheaper than your cable bill now.