Atlanta is part of the early batch of Google Fiber markets to get the new 2-Gig product.
(Source: Google Fiber)
The new offering, which delivers 2 Gbit/s down and 1 Gbit/s upstream for $100 per month, has been launched in Utah (in both Provo and Salt Lake City) and in Atlanta, following earlier debuts in Huntsville and Nashville. Google Fiber pairs that service with a new Wi-Fi 6 router and Wi-Fi mesh extender.
Google Fiber tangles in those new markets with cable incumbent Comcast, which offers a 1-Gig service (in the downstream direction) on its hybrid fiber/coax (HFC) DOCSIS 3.1 network, as well as a pricey symmetrical 2Gbit/s fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) product called Gigabit Pro that is sold on a targeted basis. The cable industry is also working on DOCSIS 4.0, a next-gen platform for HFC that will support multi-gigabit speeds. The industry's broader "10G" initiative targets HFC as well as FTTP and wireless networks with symmetrical 10-Gig speeds, along with enhanced security and low latency capabilities.
Google Fiber is expanding the new offering, branded as "2 Gig," after "thousands" of customers took advantage of the ISP's test program, the ISP announced in this blog post .
Customers in those markets can still get Google Fiber's flagship symmetrical 1-Gig service for $70 per month.
Google Fiber plans to introduce 2 Gig in more cities "shortly," but didn't identify them. Potential expansion candidates include Kansas City (Kansas and Missouri); San Antonio, Texas; and The Triangle, North Carolina.
Last fall, Google Fiber said 2-Gig service will launch in most of its FTTP and Webpass fixed wireless cities in "early 2021."
According to a new batch of Ookla Speedtest data, median speeds for the satellite broadband service temporarily dipped then climbed again. Meanwhile, the service's burst speeds appear to be on the rise.
Upstream consumption climbed 63% last year as peak usage shifted to business hours and away from a pre-pandemic surge typically seen during prime time. The nature of upstream usage has likely changed forever, OpenVault says.
Comcast's new ten-year investment plan to reach 50 million low-income households through community Wi-Fi projects, equipment donations and grants arrives on the ten-year anniversary of its Internet Essentials program.
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