RALEIGH – Google Fiber is adding Webpass to its name, and rebranding. It is now called Google Fiber Webpass, and it is offering its new wireless service to existing Webpass cities: Seattle, San Diego, San Francisco, Denver, Miami and Chicago. It comes after a limited offering in two outposts — Austin and most recently Nashville.
The Triangle and Charlotte are still on the waiting list.
Speed ranges from 100 megabits per second to one gigabyte.
The cost is $70 per month or $58.33 per month with an annual contract.
“From now on, whether you’re in San Diego or San Francisco, Denver or Chicago, you’ll see the Google Fiber Webpass name whenever you are looking for truly fast, reliable internet. Google Fiber Webpass leverages point-to-point wireless technologies to quickly serve customers in apartments and condos in high density areas, which makes us a great fit for residents in the dynamic and growing cities we serve,” wrote Brien Bell, head of Webpass.
“Rolling out our new name and branding is another step in bringing together the best parts of both Google Fiber and Webpass — building on our shared mission of connecting more people to reliable, customer-friendly, high-speed Internet.
“So, while the new name doesn’t mean Google Fiber’s fiber-to-the-home service is expanding to any of our Google Fiber Webpass cities, it does mean that we’re one step closer to providing customers in all of our cities a more integrated Google Fiber and Webpass experience! We’re working as one big team to continue to make sure our customers have a great experience, regardless of where they are and how they get their Internet.”
Webpass utilizes WiFi technology and speeds can vary.
“Although Google Fiber Webpass provides very fast network speeds, there are a number of situations that can cause your network speeds to slow down,” the company says P
“otential issues include: older building infrastructure, older network interface cards, older hardware, slow connections between our network and the websites you visit, peak usage times, and WiFi speeds and interference (if you are using a WiFi router). For our standard customers, the speed we can provide depends on these factors, and ranges from 100 Mbps to 1 gig (1000 Mbps).”
Google Fiber offers services in a growing number of areas in the Triangle and in the Charlotte metro area.