To meet the demand — better yet, craving — for high-speed Internet access, as well as help accomplish the goal of closing the digital divide, East Point, Ga. has been selected as the ideal city to receive Google Fiber’s ultra-high speed Internet access, Mayor Jannquell Peters announced.
The south suburban Atlanta town will have “access to “Gigabit Internet connections of up to 1,000 Megabits per second,” the report states. That’s compared to today’s average American broadband speed of 11.5 Megabits per second.
“Having access to Google Fiber will go a long way towards closing the digital divide and making our community stronger,” Peters said. “We need to provide a foundation for every one of our residents to be successful in this connected world and now, we have an opportunity to demonstrate we are future ready with the addition of Fiber! I am confident we will make good use of the Google Fiber product in East Point,” stated Mayor Peters.
According to the Internet behemoth, Google Fiber is currently available in cities such as both Kansas City, Kan. and Kansas City, Mo., Provo, Utah, and in Austin, Texas.
Having access to such powerful bandwidth as Google Fiber will alleviate the consternation residents feel incessantly for waiting on the web as they wait for pages to load or for video to buffer. Studies illuminate indisputably that people walk away from slow-loading sites or sites that “crawl.” Therefore the next leap in broadband speeds — to gigabit Internet — will lead to innovation that’s unimaginable today, just as the shift from dial-up to broadband did.
“We are here because of the hard work, passion and commitment of the city and its leaders,” said Kevin Lo, director of business operations for Google Fiber,. “The next chapter of the Internet will be written at gigabit speeds. These new networks will lay the foundation for a wave of innovation and economic growth. East Point is the perfect city to show us what’s possible, and we can’t wait to see what East Point will do with Fiber.”
Google will be working closely with Mayor Peters as well as city leaders on the next steps to build a brand new fiber-optic network capable of delivering these gigabit speeds throughout East Point. The next stage of work includes designing and planning a new fiber-optic network down to a very detailed level. After this process, which will take several months, Google Fiber and the City of East Point will begin constructing the network.
Google Fiber is an Internet and TV service that provides Internet speeds up to one gigabit per second along with hundreds of HD TV channels. For more information about this announcement, visit the Google Fiber blog https://googleblog.blogspot.com/2015/01/google-fiber-new-metro-areas.html.