The Google Fiber project is a sought-after revolutionary Internet infrastructure that cities across the country are clamoring for. It appears Atlanta could be in the running for the next super-fast city of choice.
What would Fiber bring? Speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second. That is up to 100X what most users experience with even the best home broadband speeds, Google says.
The project comes with a cost, and with construction. It would be years before the first homes fire-up a connection, but it could change access in the city forever. How? In some cases, Google offers basic lower-speed access for free. There is a 'construction fee' for the cost of the line and modem...but beyond that - there is no monthly service fee for the basic 5mbps service.
Google indicates that Fiber is truly the future. Fiber, they say, is made for the modern Internet, and our current system of copper wires is not. This would mean new lines into homes, new lines in the ground, and a new infrastructure in the city. However, business leaders and technology experts say the end result is worth the effort.
Want to learn more? Here are some resources directly from Google:
The Google Fiber Blog will walk you through the big plans for Atlanta and 8 other metro areas.
The Google Fiber Site will show you the current operation and price plans.