Google Fiber’s 4K capable, 1000Mbps internet coming to 18 new cities in 4 metro areas

by on January 30, 2015

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.

Google Fiber promises massively powerful 4K capable internet connectivity to millions of new cusotmers

Google Fiber promises massively powerful 4K capable internet connectivity to millions of new cusotmers

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.

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  • Conky
    January 31, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    Blockbuster is to Netflix as Comcast is to Google.


    • Brandon MacDougall
      February 1, 2015 at 12:08 pm

      Blockbuster was waay better than netflix though….It’s a shame its gone…I had so many classics and so many new movies I could rent from there all the time…but netflix has limited shit and not everything….I want


      • smithj33
        February 2, 2015 at 7:25 pm

        So does Netflix on DVD and Bluray. Streaming content availability is at the mercy of the content owners.


        • Brandon MacDougall
          February 3, 2015 at 1:40 pm

          No, it’s very limited and does not have every bran new movie avilable nor every possible classic movie I could rent at block buster, it’s very lackluster.


  • Travis Patron
    January 31, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    When is Google Fiber coming to Canada?


    • Zach Albrecht
      February 1, 2015 at 7:37 am

      probably 2020. Google has said before their intentions is to roll out this internet in the US first before any other country is considered.


  • Michael Hazell
    February 1, 2015 at 8:08 am

    I really wish that Google Fiber would explains into rural regions like some parts of South Carolina, where DSL or satellite Internet are people’s only options.


  • jnffarrell1
    February 1, 2015 at 8:06 am

    Cable.cos and Tel.cos keep a saying there is no killer App for fiber. Home security is that App. Multi spectral day night true color, jury ready, 4xHDTV 100 frames per second video, with a dozen, low false alarm rate cameras for home security Should suffice. Best way to assure that someone prowling your yard to steal your bicycle(s) does not come back is to convict him, and/or have your drone drop a rotten egg on him.


  • ZuesZeppa
    February 1, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    Netflix/Amazon 4K only need 15Mbps, which any high end ISP can offer – and not even as good as 1080 Blueray. But Google should work with them to offer or pilot high bitrate 4K, like 100Mbps+ streams. Their own YouTube too.


  • Guest
    February 4, 2015 at 7:42 am

    Linus already uploads to Twitch in 4k. His upload speed is 15MB/sec…


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