ATLANTA - Google’s version of high-speed broadband Internet is coming to metro Atlanta.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced Tuesday that Google Fiber will be available to customers in the city of Atlanta and nine other cities in metro Atlanta.
Google Fiber is defined as ultra-high speed Internet with connection speeds up to 1,000 Megabits per second compared to an average broadband speed of 11.5 Megabits per second.
In addition to Atlanta, Google Fiber will be available in Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, College Park, Decatur, East Point, Hapeville, Sandy Springs and Smyrna.
“Google Fiber will bring greater economic opportunities to every quadrant of the city, so that the next great business idea is just as likely to come from southwest Atlanta as it is from any other neighborhood,” Reed said in a statement.
City officials will now work with Google to design and plan a new fiber-optic network. That process is expected to take several months. Construction would begin after the network is designed.