Google Fiber has officially been rolled out in Atlanta.
A swanky new office space has just opened in the midtown district along with sign-ups in surrounding areas. For the first time ever, residents and businesses in five Atlanta neighborhoods can sign up for the super-fast internet, TV, and phone services.
At last week’s launch at the “Fiber Space” at Ponce City Market, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed joined Googlers and invited guests for a tour of the building. Reed also conducted the first live speed test using the tech giant’s gigabit internet.
“It’s a landmark day for our city because world-class internet speeds are essential for our growing tech and startup industry,” said Reed. “We’re hearing announcements about that industry every single day. Google Fiber is a part of the infrastructure for the next generation of dreamers.”
A unique facility that was built and designed with Atlanta’s diverse and thriving community in mind, Fiber Space is more than a retail storefront. It provides visitors a place to hang out, share ideas, sign up for service, and explore Google Fiber’s speed and reliability.
The first neighborhoods for Google Fiber’s residential and business sign-ups include Midtown East, Piedmont Heights, Virginia-Highland, Morningside/Lenox Park, and Old Fourth Ward.
“We are passionate about closing the digital divide and we’re excited that hundreds of low-income households in the Old Fourth Ward area will be eligible to sign up for reduced price affordable $15 a month broadband internet plan,” said Jonathan Love, associate city manager of Google Fiber. “We’re excited to open this space and we invite residents and businesses to come and experience the Fiber space.”
Residents in Midtown and Piedmont Heights have until Sept. 29 to sign up for Google Fiber’s Internet, phone, and TV service. Morningside/Lenox Park, Old Fourth Ward, and Virginia Highland residents have until Dec. 8.
Those in designated areas will be able to sign up for Fiber 1000+TV, Fiber 1000 and Fiber 100 products, as well as Fiber Phone. Eligible businesses can also sign up for one of Google Fiber’s three SMB plans.
Customers across the metro Atlanta area living in apartment buildings can use the Apartment Finder tool to see if Google Fiber is available in their building or if it is on track to come to their building. Likewise, single-family residential customers and businesses can sign up to receive notifications for their area so they can be among the first to receive Google Fiber.