It’s Official! Google Fiber’s Gigabit Internet is Coming to Charlotte in 2016 (or maybe 2017)
A while back we got excited about Google Fiber naming Charlotte as one of its possible expansion cities. Well Google has announced the winning cities and its blazing fast Internet service is coming to Charlotte sometime in 2016 or 2017!
So why is everyone freaking out? For $80/month, Google Fiber offers 1 Gigabit down (that’s 1,000 MB down) and for those keeping count (read: this guy), that’s about 40 times faster than the best residential Internet available in Charlotte today (I pay about $60/month for 25MB down and 10MB up). Even if the part of Charlotte you live in won’t get Google Fiber, your monthly costs and download speeds should improve from your existing ISP as they are forced to compete. It’s hard to underestimate the impact of Google Fiber coming to Charlotte. Just look at what has happened in Kansas City and Utah as Google Fiber rolled out there. People and businesses actually relocated to those areas for the Internet.
For those who aren’t interested in spending $80/month on Internet, you’ll still benefit from Google Fiber. Pay a one-time fee of $300 for “normal” internet (what we call broadband now) and you will receive more basic Internet service with no monthly fee. Yeah, no monthly fee, crazy! Google hasn’t announced when the roll out will be completed but expect sometime in the 2nd half of 2016 or early 2017. Google will be using this year to design and plan their rollout in Charlotte.
Can’t get enough Google Fiber news? Enter your address to see if you’ll be covered by the Fiber roll out or check out Charlotte Hearts Gigabit and the Charlotte Business Journal’s Google Fiber F.A.Q.