It seemed like a natural, as they say. The Triangle is loaded with universities, with established and emerging high-tech businesses and with a large number of professionals who are tech savvy and eager for the latest offerings in technology.
To put it mildly, they'll be hanging out the welcome mat for Google, the booming company that provides a host of services related to the Internet.
Google announced Tuesday that the Triangle will be one of four metropolitan areas to join Google's high-speed Google Fiber service for residents. Thousands of miles of fiber-optic cable will be laid in the coming years, and homes and businesses will be able to connect to a much faster network.
Google's arrival follows AT&T, which is already laying fiber-optic cable in the Triangle for its service known as "U-verse with GigaPower," and Frontier Communications, which is offering the super high-speed Internet service in Durham. The new systems will offer Internet connection speeds of up to one gigabit per second, 100 times faster than typical in the United States.
The Google service is in three markets nationwide right now. The faster speeds make it possible for businesses to exchange files, big files, for scientific research, among other benefits. Employees could use the high-speed service to move files from their offices to their homes. More information, much faster, will change the way business is done and the reach of business around the world.
Said Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane: "Ultrahigh-speed broadband is vital for our residents to take part in a global economy."
There are other benefits coming: more television stations, faster loading of YouTube, the ability to record more television shows at once. The price as forecast: $70 a month for gigabit connection and $60 a month for TV access.
Another benefit of Google's decision will be an additional competitor for Time Warner and AT&T, which will likely ramp up their technology in response. That's a benefit, obviously, for consumers.