The long wait for Google Fiber ultra-fast Internet service is over – at least in Morrisville.
Starting at 9 a.m. today, Google Fiber says it will begin accepting orders for a variety of service packages offering up to 1 gigabit in Internet access as well as TV and phone.
That kind of speed is up to 40 times faster than typical broadband Internet access, enabling the download of a high-definition movie in 4 seconds vs. more than 4 minutes, according to Google.
Other parts of the Triangle will receive service in coming months as Google Fiber builds out a network that will include more than 5,000 miles of high-speed cabling, according to Erik Garr, who oversees Google Fiber operations across the southeast.
“We have made great progress in building our network, and we begin service customers Tuesday. We are very excited,” Garr said in an interview on Monday. “There is still a ton of work to do in the months and years ahead, but people can begin signing up at our website Tuesday.”
Google began construction of its network last year.
Prices begin at $50 a month with 100 megs of speed for consumers.
Gigabit access is $70 a month.
The fiber speed and TV entertainment package is $140.
Phone service can be added to each plan for $10.
Google Fiber also offers a 1 gigabit service for business at $250 per month. That plan includes 13 Internet Protocol addresses and service support.
Lower cost business plans also are available.
Not first to market
Google Fiber is not first to offer gigabit service in the Triangle. AT&T’s GigaPower is available in a growing number of Triangle communities across Wake and Durham counties. Frontier offers fiber service is parts of Durham County. Pricing plans are similar. Cling Internet, CenturyLink and other providers also plan or offer fiber in parts of the area.
But the launch of Google Fiber brings to an end – at least for Morrisville – the eagerly awaited arrival of the service dating back to 2009 when various Triangle groups lobbied hard to secure a local network. But sometimes zany tactics, such as promising to name babies after Google Fiber, didn’t pay off. The first Google Fiber network went to Kansas City, announced in 2011.
The RTP region also isn’t even the first in North Carolina. That offer went to Charlotte earlier this summer.
Where access is available
To check for fiber availability at your address, visit:
Residents outside of Morrisville can register for email updates about when service becomes available.
A newly launched “Fiber Finder” map at the website also is designed to help consumers and businesses determine service availability at apartment buildings and properties that are “fiber ready.”