Google Fiber – Avondale, Decatur meet deadlines

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt May 6, 2014
A map from that shows cities the internet search giant Google wants to provide with its Google Fiber service.

A map from that shows cities the internet search giant Google wants to provide with its Google Fiber service.

All cities in the Atlanta area met Google’s May 1 deadline for completing a checklist for the company’s fiber services according to the Atlanta Regional Commission, including Avondale Estates and Decatur. filed a records request with both cities for a copy of their completed submissions.

To download Avondale’s checklist, click this link: Avondale Estates Google Fiber application

To download Decatur’s checklist, click this link: Decatur’s Google Fiber application

Google is expected to announce its plans for expanding Google Fiber services by the end of 2014. If the metro area receives the Google Fiber service, it will be 100 times faster than the speeds that are currently available in this market, the company says.

Additionally, there was a new tidbit about Google Fiber discussed during the May 5 Decatur City Commission meeting.

Commissioners approved a $224,000 contract increase for the Beacon Municipal Center. One of the items listed in that change order is $21,000 to build a conduit for fiber cabling.

Deputy City Manager Hugh Saxon told commissioners that the area above Beacon Municipal Center’s Ebster Pool is a potential location for a Google Fiber hut.

“We’re trying to put the infrastructure in while the sidewalks are open,” Saxon said.

Other news about Google Fiber:

– Not long after Google Fiber announced it was looking to expand, AT&T also announced plans to expand fiber services to metro Atlanta cities, including Decatur. City Manager Peggy Merriss said that the company plans to meet this week with Decatur officials to discuss its plans.

– Decatur has asked Google for help in enhancing the city’s free WiFi service, according to the city’s submitted application.

“The city of Decatur owns a wireless network that consists of 36 Tropos 6320 outdoor mesh routers, plus other related equipment that provides ‘hotspot’ internet access at no charge to the user in downtown Decatur, the Oakhurst business district and several city parks,” the city’s application says. “The network is maintained and owned by a private company. The city is interested in discussing options for enhancing or expanding this system with Google representatives. There is value in affordable wireless access and the city has been successful at promoting such access in under-served areas.”

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