Mayor of Charlotte: 'Ready, set, Google'

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Published: Jan. 27, 2015 at 3:48 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 26, 2015 at 4:00 PM EST
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - In a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, Charlotte's mayor Dan Clodfelter announced that Google fiber is coming to Charlotte.

The press conference started at 1 p.m. and Clodfelter spoke shortly after, saying, "The wait is over and we can confirm that Google Fiber is coming to Charlotte."

Rumors were already spreading about Google fiber services coming to the city. Google fiber is an internet and TV service that provides internet speeds up to one gigabit per second, meaning, nearly 100 time faster than the average internet speed in America.

As we reported last week, Google fiber will make life easier for almost anyone who uses the internet.

"We are very pleased Google will be deploying the ultra-high-speed fiber network here in Charlotte," Clodfelter said. "The city is committed to working with all companies that seek to offer advanced infrastructure to serve our residents and businesses. We look forward to partnering with Google as they bring this exciting new service to our vibrant, globally-connected community."

A spokeswoman for Google said they can't wait to see what we can do with these speeds. She said Charlotte's internet speed will be on the same level as Tokyo's.

Let's say you want to download an HD movie. It would take just seven seconds to do so using Google Fiber compared to ten minutes through a 10 megabyte per second connection.

Want to download 100 songs? It'll take 3 seconds with Google Fiber - but more than 60 seconds with other traditional connections.

Google previously announced that it would work with 34 cities in nine metro areas to explore bringing Google Fiber to the selected communities. First, the cities had to meet Google's list of requirements, which Charlotte did last spring.

The company also plans to bring Google fiber to the Raleigh-Durham area, Nashville and Atlanta. They are still exploring bringing the services to San Jose, Portland, Phoenix, San Antonio, and Salt Lake City metro areas. Certain circumstances could make it difficult or even impossible to build the fiber network in a city.

The company says physical characteristics such as unusually hard soil would make underground construction really difficult. In that situation, the company says they would attempt to explore other options of bringing super high-speed internet to the city's residents.

"We are here because of the hard work, passion and commitment of the city and its leaders," said Kevin Lo, director of business operations for Google Fiber.

"The next chapter of the Internet will be written at gigabit speeds. These new networks will lay the foundation for a wave of innovation and economic growth. Charlotte is the perfect city to show us what's possible, and we can't wait to see what Charlotte will do with Fiber."

The city of Charlotte said Google will be working with city leaders over the next few months to begin construction. The construction will include around 6,000 miles of high-speed fiber optic cable and infrastructure to be installed around the city, allowing residents within city limits to receive service.

The city says the construction is expected to take two years. Once complete, a sign-up process will be available for residents interested in the service.

Clodfelter wrapped up his portion of the conference by saying, "ready, set, Google!"

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