Google Fiber’s 4K capable, 1000Mbps internet coming to 18 new cities in 4 metro areas
Stephan Jukic – January 30, 2015
The massively powerful internet connectivity offered by Google Fiber is a 4K UHD media lover’s dream internet service. Since the connection speeds offered by Fiber easily approach and sometimes surpass 1000Mbps (1 gigabit), they’re more than capable of handling even the most heavy duty connectivity needs.
Thus, Fiber can handle even the most heavy-duty streaming media burdens. This of course means that the 4K ultra HD streaming media which is growing steadily more prevalent among a widening list of online content providers fits the bill perfectly and to those who get to enjoy the gigabit service of fiber, streaming the latest shows and movies from Amazon, Netflix or any of the other providers entering this market will be trivially easy.
Google just recently announced its latest expansion of Fiber and according to the details of the company’s news release, the Google Fiber ultra high-speed internet will now be coming to Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte, Raleigh-Durham and hitting 18 different municipalities inside these four larger metro areas. This means several million potential new customers for the gigabit internet of Fiber.
Thanks to these additions, the total number of metro regions nationwide with access to Fiber has now grown to 7. Existing areas of availability were Kansas City, Kansas; Provo, Utah and Austin, Texas. Furthermore, Google is still considering expansion into five more cities aside from those already announced. These include Phoenix, Arizona; Salt Lake City, Utah; San Antonio, Texas and San Jose, California and plans around deciding to move into them will likely become more concrete later in 2015.
According to Google, bringing Fiber into the cities on the company’s list is major long-term investment and the technology giant has been working closely with the city administrations of the selected metro areas and their municipalities over the last year on joint planning and other logistics.
However, the really hard work is what’s now being done; the actual implementation of Google’s Gigabit internet service so that it can smoothly reach millions of potential customers as easily as possible.
Google’s Fiber service is offered to consumers in the areas of availability for a monthly fee of $70, which gives access to the full 1Gbps of connectivity that the company offers. However, there is also an option for getting a much smaller 5Mbps service free of charge with the exception of a one-time $300 installation fee.
Fiber offers an extremely powerful alternative to DSL and to the usually much slower connectivity options provided by other ISPs in the areas where it arrives. This has in fact already provoked competition from other companies, most notable among them being AT&T, which is directly competing with Google in Austin and other areas.
Aside from the obvious need for a compatible 4K UHD TV, ultra HD media streams require at least 20 to (ideally) 25 Mbps of consistent internet connectivity and Fibers 1000Mbps obviously make this minimal 4K speed trivial to reach. This means that millions of new U.S customers will have access to the fastest internet connections in existence today, helping spread the potential market for UHD media.
Story by 4k.com