Last year, Google announced that they were about to start construction on their High-Speed Fiber network in the Queen City.
Their plan now includes 28 station to be built around the Queen City, with thousands of miles of cable running above and beneath the streets to connect each home with internet speeds 100 times faster than we have now, and for lower monthly payments.
Fiber cables will branch out from 12-foot by 27-foot fiber buildings that would serve about 20,000 homes each. Google will be connecting to houses that asked for it, but only in neighborhoods with high enough demand.
The fastest current broadband speeds offered in Charlotte have been about 10 to 20 megabits per second for years, until recently when TWC launched their 300 megabit service to compete with Google. Once Google Fiber is connected, it will deliver 1,000 megabits – or 1 gigabit – per second. This would allow for no-waiting downloads and uploads of movies or other big data files. Downloading 100 photos will take 3 seconds.
The Erichson Group did an analysis of the city and created this map that shows where the coverage areas will most likely initially be.
In order to determine who gets this awesome new coverage, Google first works with the city to figure out where the cables can be laid, how to minimize disruption levels, and where the highest demand exists for the service (how many given homes in each neighborhood will sign up).
Google has not given an exact date as to when customers will begin to receive the crazy fast internet, but they do have a page on their website dedicated to Fiber in Charlotte where people can sign up for e-mail updates.
You can also sign up with Charlotte Stories to be the first to know about new Fiber developments and everything else happening around the Queen City.
What do you think about Google Fiber coming to Charlotte?