It’s coming: Google is bringing its high-speed Internet to Raleigh.
Company representatives announced plans for Google Fiber on Tuesday, with Gov. Pat McCrory on hand at the N.C. Museum of History to welcome the news.
Here’s what you need to know about the highly anticipated service:
What areas will it serve?
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Google Fiber will deploy in Raleigh, Durham, Carrboro, Cary, Chapel Hill, Garner, and Morrisville.
When will the service begin?
Google has declined to say how soon construction will begin, when service will start or which areas will come online first. The rollout will happen in phases.
How fast is fast?
Google’s service offers speeds about 100 times faster than a typical broadband connection.
Tech advocates say that kind of access opens up new uses for the Internet, including the transfer of huge files for scientific research. It can also make YouTube load instantaneously, or record eight TV shows at once, or allow for band practice across the Internet, according to Google.
How much will it cost?
A gigabit connection should cost about $70 per month. Google will also sell television access for about $60 more.
What about the competition?
Google’s presence may be spurring its competitors to action. AT&T’s U-verse with GigaPower service deployed less than two months before Google’s announcement. It offers a gigabit connection, at nearly twice Google’s price, in parts of Raleigh, Cary, Carrboro and Chapel Hill, with an expansion planned for Durham.
Time-Warner Cable also plans lesser upgrades for local subscribers, maxing out at about a third the speed of the gigabit connections.
Why the Triangle?
Google chose the Triangle because of its concentration of universities and bio-tech companies, according to Kevin Lo, general manager for Google Fiber.
Who else is getting Google Fiber?
The Triangle is one of four metropolitan areas to join Google’s Internet service in the recently announced expansion, which is Google Fiber’s largest yet. The company chose the Triangle, Atlanta, Charlotte and Nashville from a pool of 21 metropolitan areas.