The tech giant’s fast internet service will soon add another client on their list and it should make a particular group of Americans very happy. According to the latest announcement, Google Fiber will soon reach Huntsville, Alabama.
The news came from Jill Szuchmacher, director of Google Fiber Expansion, who spoke at a news conference on Monday, at the Davidson Center from the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.
Huntsville Utilities and Google will work together in order to bring high speed internet and TV services for the people in Huntsville.
According to Huntsville’s Mayor Tommy Battle, this partnership will boost the city’s business environment, by supporting entrepreneurs and engineers, but also bring better services to the residents of Huntsville.
Even though Huntsville Utillities has built the majority of the Google Fiber networks, the city’s mayor says their partnership is not exclusive and that they are welcoming other internet providers to join in and use the fiber for their broadband services.
This is the first time that Google will use a fiber network built entirely by a city, thus encouraging other city officials to do the same.
According to Google Fiber representatives, every city they’ve chosen for their service has something different and original. For example, in Provo, Utah, the company bought the network from the city and used that to deliver their services.
According to Huntsville’s mayor, when Google Fiber will reach people’s homes, their internet will be 50-100 times faster than it is now.
Local news station WHNT announced that Google’s gigabit Internet service should be available for the first set of customers by the middle of next year. It will continue to be extended for all customers within a few years.
Huntsville has approximately 190,000 residents and is the fourth biggest city in Alabama.
Google Fiber was launched in 2010 and is only available inside the U.S. It currently provides internet and cable television services to a small number of cities.
It was first introduced in the Kansas city metropolitan area and later expanded to other areas, such as Austin, Texas and Provo. By the end of 2014, it had approximately 30,000 TV subscribers.
The company offers users three types of services: a free internet option, a 1 GB internet option and one option consisting of 1 GB of internet and TV subscription.
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