The company states that Google Fiber operates at 100 times the speed typically provided by other cable companies, and at a competitive price.
From the company's Facebook page: "According to Akamai's State of the Internet 4Q2011, the average American only experiences speeds of 5.8 Mb/sec, while Google Fiber offers up to 1,000 Mb/sec download and upload."
The announcement comes as Comcast is attempting to acquire Time Warner Cable, which most analysts predict will not be good for consumers as the number of cable Internet providers continues to shrink.
Fiber would allow users to download a feature-length movie in a matter of seconds, and seamlessly stream HD content.
Fiber currently is in Provo, Utah, and Kansas City, where Internet service runs around $70 a month, and when bundled together with TV is $120. If a consumer keeps the service for a year or two, Google has generally waived most of the up-front equipment charges and fees that can cost several hundred dollars.
The company says that next it’s going to work side-by-side with city leaders on a two-part joint planning process to evaluate whether it can bring Google Fiber to a community.
“We’re going to work
on a detailed study of local factors that could affect construction, like
topography (e.g., hills, flood zones), housing density and the condition of
local infrastructure,” posted Milo Medin, VP, Google
Access Services, in a Google blog. “Meanwhile, cities will complete a
checklist of items that will help them get ready for a project of this scale
"For example, they’ll provide us with maps of existing conduit, water, gas and electricity lines so that we can plan where to place fiber. They’ll 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.”
Said Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon in a news release, “We are mindful of how useful and attractive this is for Smyrna’s modern
citizen and her businesses; how our residents will experience an
amplified quality of life moving forward with Google.”
While Smyrna is one of just 34 cities under consideration and the only one in Cobb County, it’s not the only one in the metro Atlanta area. Others under consideration include Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, College Park, Decatur, East Point, Hapeville and Sandy Springs.
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