Google Fiber construction beginsPhoto provided by Google
This story has been updated.
Google Fiber has confirmed it is beginning installation of its fiber network in Metro Atlanta.
The company first announced its intentions to bring its 1 gig service to the Atlanta market in January. At the time, company officials said build out for providing fiber to nine cities in the metro area would take at least two years.
The company is beginning work in Atlanta’s midtown area, according to spokesperson Fabiola Charles.
“Since we first announced we’d bring Google Fiber to nine cities across metro Atlanta (including Decatur), we’ve been hard at work designing our fiber network,” Charles said. “Now that the design is complete, we’re ready to begin construction starting today. We’ll start in Atlanta’s midtown area and expand construction to all nine cities over the coming months.”
The nine cities are Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, College Park, Decatur, East Point, Hapeville, Sandy Springs and Smyrna.
A press release from the company says that fiber won’t necessarily go to the areas where the fiber is first installed.
“We’ll be doing construction all across the metro area in the coming months, but we don’t yet have a schedule for
when and where we’ll be able to offer service first,” the company says.
So when will fiber become available in the metro area? When can people sign up?
“It’s still too early to say,” the company says. “We have a lot of construction work to do first! We’ll make an announcement as soon as we have an update about timing. The best way to stay in-the-loop is to signup for more information on our website, google.com/fiber.”
The city of Decatur said on The Decatur Minute, “Decatur staff continue to work closely with Google to plan for a streamlined construction process. We will continue to keep the community informed and up-to-date on the latest developments in the Google Fiber construction process.”
Avondale Estates sent out a citywide email which said, “Activity will begin in Atlanta’s midtown area, so Avondale Estates residents will not see immediate activity. As Google Fiber gets closer to breaking ground in Avondale Estates, they will work closely with City staff to keep the community informed.”
The Google Fiber team also sent the following email to people who have subscribed to the company’s mailing list ….
Read more: Here is the full press release, from Google.
Correction: An earlier version of this post quoted an email sent by a company handling PR for Google. The rep from the company clarified that the statements in that email came from spokesperson Fabiola Charles, not the sender of the email. This post has been updated and the attribution changed at the request of the sender.