Google Fiber is an experimental Gigabit internet service that’s currently deployed in Kansas City, Provo, and Austin. Plans are already in place to expand the service to other areas nationally. As of Q1 2016, Google has announced it will be expanding Google Fiber to Salt Lake City, San Antonio, Nashville, Atlanta, Charlotte, and Raleigh-Durham. They have also identified more than 10 Potential Fiber cities.
In 2010 Google announced its intention to roll out Google Fiber to one or more US cities. Many cities competed for attention, staging publicity stunts to bring Google to their area. A few examples: Sarasota, FL renamed an island to “Google Island” and Topeka, Kansas changed its name temporarily to Google, KS. In the end – and for lots of reasons – Google picked Kansas City for its initial rollout.
It is currently the fastest consumer high speed internet option in America. It beat out Fios, cable, and DSL for speed. But an ever-growing number of (mainly) local ISPs are starting to offer Gigabit internet speeds.
Google Fiber advertises speeds of 1 Gig – that’s 1,024 Mbps per second. Speeds are asynchronous – meaning both upload and download speeds are 1 Gig/s. To give you a basis of comparison, the average US home connects at 11.9 Mbps for downloads. This means that Google Fiber is 86 times faster than the average American internet connection. The actual reported speeds from already connected homes, however, hover around 700 Mbps when tested… Which is still blazing fast!
Google Fiber News Tracker
- August 16, 2016– Is Google changing its business strategy for the high-speed internet market? New reports indicate that Google is finding the roll-out of fiber optics to be more expensive than predicted as slow downs are being caused building regulations and other obstacles. If reports are true, Google might be shifting focus to high speed wireless internet in favor of fiber optics. Read the story here.
- April 27, 2016– Google Fiber is now Open for Business in Nashville, TN. Service only active in a few apartment buildings right now, but Google plans to bring its high speed fiber service to “The lion’s share of Nashville” in the coming months.
- March 30, 2016– Google is entering in the landline business with the announcement of Fiber Phone. Soon to be introduced in select area, Fiber Phone will include unlimited nationwide calling and cost $10 per month. Stay tuned for more details.
- March 20, 2016– Update out of Chapel Hill, NC. According to reports, Google has just started installing fiber infrastructure in the area. Residents are being notified that Google Fiber service is on the way.
- March 7, 2016– As reported in today’s blog post, Google has announced some great news for residents of the West Bluff housing complex in Kansas City, MO. All 100 of the apartments in the complex now have free gigabit Internet service.
- February 29, 2016 – Google has recently announced plans to bring its fiber to another new city: San Francisco. Select apartment buildings and condos will be targeted for service. Google believes San Francisco has great potential as a fiber city.
- February 22, 2016 – It looks like the next lucky city to get Google Fiber will be Huntsville, Alabama. Target release date is set at mid-2017. Read the FAQ on AL.com to learn more.
- February 15, 2016 – Raleigh city council meeting tonight will discuss Google’s request to new install fiber optics in the area. Google has said they hope to bring its high speed internet to the Triangle region of North Carolina by 2017. Via Triangle Business Journal.
Google Fiber Pricing Options
Google Fiber is currently available as a standalone broadband service or as a TV + Internet bundle. Both have fairly simple pricing options.
$70 per month / $0 Construction Fee
One gigabit upload & download • 1 year contract • $0 construction fee • Includes Network Box • 1TB Google Drive • + taxes & fees.
$0 per month / $300 (One Time) Construction Fee
5Mbps download, 1Mbps upload • Free service guaranteed for at least 7 years • Includes Network Box • $300 construction fee (one time or you can choose 12 monthly payments of $25) + taxes and fees.
TV + Internet
$130 per month / $0 Construction Fee
One gigabit upload & download • 150+ TV Channels • 1 year contract • 1 TV Box • Storage Box • Network Box • 1TB Google Drive • + taxes and fees.
You can also add Premium Channel packages like HBO / Starz / Showtime for $10 each. Spanish language channels are available for an additional $5 per month.
There are no data caps with Google Fiber.