It’s Official: Google Fiber Coming to Nashville

googlefiberNashville residents will soon get Google Fiber. Google announced plans to bring the service to Music City during a press conference at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center today (Jan. 27).

The service will mean faster internet connection and television service–up to 100 times faster than traditional broadband. It is also more affordable. The service is free after an up-front $300 installation fee, or $25/month for 12 months. Access to Google Fiber will be based on community demand, so it is possible that not all Nashville neighborhoods will obtain the service.

google“We have seen firsthand how speedy Internet can reshape communities, driving economic growth, emerging startup scenes and new ways of using technology to improve lives,” stated Kevin Lo, Google Fiber director of business operations. “Fiber will help put Nashville on par with the fastest cities in the world.”

“The national buzz about Nashville has a lot to do with our music and our food, of course, but it’s also about our city’s creativity and entrepreneurial spirit in other areas: technology, healthcare, digital media and entertainment, and social enterprise,” Nashville Mayor Karl Dean said. “Google Fiber’s presence here will enhance the work done in those fields by making collaboration and the exchange of good ideas faster and easier.”

In February 2014, Google revealed that it was considering expanding Google Fiber to nine metro areas, including Nashville, Raleigh-Durham, N.C., Charlotte, N.C., Atlanta, San Antonio, Portland, Ore., Salt Lake City, and the San Jose and South Bay areas.

The next step in the process is to craft the design for fiber to be installed throughout the city. Lo did not offer details on timing, though the process is expected to take several months.

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