Google launching Fiber in Huntsville, Alabama

The gigabit Internet service is coming to Huntsville, Alabama thanks to its large collection of engineers.

Huntsville, Alabama will be the first city in the state to receive Google's $70 per-month Fiber Internet service , Mayor Tommy Battle announced on Monday.

The city has been working to bring fiber internet (not necessarily from Google) to its residents since 2014 because of its strong engineering culture, the Mayor said. The Fiber speeds are believed to be 100 times faster than current Internet used by residents in many cities across the US.

"Few places are better positioned than Huntsville to show what's possible with top Internet speeds," Mayor Battle wrote. "The Rocket City boasts the highest concentration of engineers in the country, and ranks among the best places in the country for STEM workers. Ultrafast Internet will help enable Huntsville to remain at the forefront of science and tech."

Google hasn't provided word on when the gigabit Internet will launch in Huntsville, as it still has to go through final approval. Google Fiber will work with Huntsville Utilities, which is extending its fiber-optic cable network. It's also believed cable providers like AT&T also plan to access the fiber network to offer their services to customers.

"In 2014, Huntsville's leaders shared their vision for a community energized by superfast speeds - and they decided to build a network that could support an electrical smart grid and other municipal needs, plus provide the best of the Web for local families, entrepreneurs, businesses and academics alike," Jill Szuchmacher, director of Google Fiber Expansion told USA Today in a statement. "To date, we've built the majority of our Google Fiber networks from scratch. But over the past five years, we've repeatedly seen that every city is unique."

Google Fiber offers three options: a free internet option, a paid 1 Gbit/s internet option, and an option including television service (in addition to the 1 Gbit/s internet).


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