Who’s got two thumbs and lives in the only city in Cobb County that will soon have Google Fiber?
Google Fiber announced today that they are expanding service to nine cities in metro Atlanta, bringing gigabit speed to the cities of Atlanta, Smyrna, Sandy Springs, Brookhaven, Decatur, Avondale Estates, Hapeville, East Point, and College Park. This includes homes and businesses within the city limits of each municipality; unincorporated areas aren’t part of the deal.
Google Fiber offers internet speeds beyond anything we’ve seen in Georgia, and this is a huge deal for economic development in every city announced today. Services will include internet and television, including a free level of internet service, and will utilize existing infrastructure like utility poles and underground conduits. The next step is for Google to continue working with each city to map out exactly how they’ll lay thousands of miles of fiber.
Perhaps most notable is what Google refers to as the “joint planning process” taken on by these cities during the past year. Representatives from each city – nearly entirely at the staff level – collaborated with a level of cooperation that we don’t hear about much in metro Atlanta. It’s something to keep in mind as the conversation continues on transportation and transit that involves actual highways, and not just the information superhighway. “There’s no end to the possibility!”
Smyrna’s press release is below; it’s pretty similar to what the other cities are putting out.