Job openings posted for Google Fiber in AtlantaSource: Google
This could be a promising sign for the possibility of bringing Google Fiber to Atlanta.
In February, the internet search company named several cities in the Atlanta market as candidates for its fiber optics service, including Avondale Estates and Decatur, Ga. Google Fiber could bring “Gigabit” Internet connections up to 1,000 Megabits per second to the Atlanta market.
The company is supposed to make an announcement by the end of this year, but so far hasn’t confirmed any of its plans.
But the Google jobs board has several listings for gigs in Atlanta related to the fiber service, including Outside Plant Metro Project Manager, Associate City Manager and Quality Assurance Manager.
Anticipating speculation, one of the job descriptions includes an important caveat.
“Not all cities where we’re exploring hiring a team will necessarily become Google Fiber cities,” the Associate City Manager job posting says. “If you’re hired and your city doesn’t become a Google Fiber city, you will continue to play a role in an existing Fiber city or Google headquarters.”
Recently, Google unveiled its pricing plans for the Austin market.
Gigabit internet would cost $70 per month. Basic internet, at current speeds, would be available for a one-time $300 construction fee or $25 a month for 12 months. Gigabit Internet + TV would run Austin residents $130 per month.
Its main rival, AT&T also is exploring bringing a fiber optic internet service to the Atlanta market.