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Google Looking at Smyrna for Super-Fast Internet

The Jonquil City is one of 34 cities across the country that the Silicon Valley giant is looking to bring its new, ultra-fast, fiber optic Internet service.

The company states that Google Fiber operates at 100 times the speed typically provided by other cable companies, and at a competitive price. Courtesy Google Fiber Facebook page
The company states that Google Fiber operates at 100 times the speed typically provided by other cable companies, and at a competitive price. Courtesy Google Fiber Facebook page
Google announced Wednesday that Smyrna is one of 34 cities across the county that the Silicon Valley giant is considering to bring its new, ultra-fast, fiber optic Internet service.

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 and speed.

"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.

Would you consider switching to Google Fiber if it came to Smyrna? Let us know in the comment section below.


David L. Brown February 19, 2014 at 04:48 PM
All the above. Google broadband is a serious plus for the community, Charter's service is miserable, arrogant, and over-priced, and I would be seriously interested in an alternative. Rebelish
Brian February 20, 2014 at 01:19 AM
I also realized this will force Charter to drop their prices in Smyrna, even for those who end up staying with Charter (why?)
Andrew Howard February 20, 2014 at 09:45 AM
This is not only a plus for every resident of Smyrna, its an advantage for the city. Cities like Nashville and others with high-speed data access are attracting more tech workers and businesses who bring with them good paying salaries. Having Google Fiber is a notch in the cap in attracting more of these people, which Smyrna has adamantly stated in previous meetings related to ongoing construction/housing projects. Its another distinction for our small community to better position and market itself against some of the bigger Atlanta metro cities like Alpharetta, Dunwoody, Marietta and Decatur who might offer more amenities.
Matt Hayllar March 18, 2014 at 01:27 PM
This is awesome.. sign me up.
Jeff Schmitt March 20, 2014 at 12:24 AM
darned tootin'!!!!

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