Google Fiber will double the maximum internet speed it offers its customers from 1 Gbps to 2 Gbps by the end of this year, the company announced this week. The new plan costs $ 100 per month, $ 30 more than the company’s existing 1 Gbps option. However, only downloads at the new top speed are offered. Uploads stay at 1 Gbit / s. With the new plan, Google is to provide its customers with an unspecified “new Wi-Fi 6 router and mesh extender” in order to be able to make optimal use of the new speeds.
The new plan’s pilots are scheduled to launch in Nashville, Tennessee and Huntsville, Alabama next month. Full rollout in both cities is planned for the end of the year. The company currently offers Google Fiber and Google Fiber Webpass (which use wireless transmission instead of fiber optic cables) in 1
This is the first major announcement of new products from Google Fiber since the products were phased out to focus on its high-speed Internet services. Last December, the offer of 100 Mbit / s Internet for new customers was discontinued, and the offer of TV packages was discontinued earlier this year. A Google Fiber executive previously said the cost of acquiring video content was a major barrier to further adoption of the service. With the 2Gbps rollout, we seem to be finally seeing the fruits of Google Fiber’s more focused approach to high-speed Internet.
If you are in a Google Fiber city and want to sign up for the faster service, you can do so on the website where you need to provide your email address and street address.