Google Fiber Makes 2 Gbps Widely Available in Huntsville, Nashville

Google Fiber extends 2 Gbps service across Huntsville, Ala and Nashville, Tenn. markets. 

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Google Fiber has made its 2 Gbps FTTH service available throughout Huntsville and Nashville following tests in these cities earlier this year.

New and existing Google Fiber customers in Huntsville and Nashville have the option to purchase two plans: 1 Gbps for $70 a month and 2 Gbps $100 a month.

The 2 Gbps service tier comes with the Google Fiber Multi-Gig Router, which uses Wi-Fi 6, the latest Wi-Fi standard. While there’s only a few devices that have Wi-Fi 6 capability, Google Fiber says it is “making the most of the hefty Wi-Fi speed provided by the tri-band Mesh Extender.”

Outside of Huntsville and Nashville, customers in other Google Fiber markets can sign up to test 2 Gig and other products through its Trusted Tester program.

Participants in the Trusted Tester Program can trial Google Fiber products and services before they officially launch confidentially. Google Fiber will also ask these customers for their feedback to identify any improvements they can make before that product or service goes out into the world.

Targeted Expansions

Expanding the 2 Gbps service to its customers in these markets comes at an interesting time for the competitive fiber provider.

Besides Huntsville and Nashville, Google Fiber previously announced plans to bring FTTH service to other new cities including moving to complete its build Salt Lake City, Utah and start serving the neighboring city of Millcreek in early 2021. 

Similar to the agreement it made with Huntsville Utilities, Google Fiber will become the first tenant on citywide “open access” conduit network in West Des Moines, Iowa and to provide high-speed internet citywide.

In July, West Des Moines Mayor Steve Gaer announced that the City is constructing a citywide “open access” conduit network that will allow broadband providers to enter the market by leasing space in the conduit network. At the time, the mayor said this will help increase competition and further the goal that all residents and businesses across the City have access to high speed internet.

“Now more than ever, reliable high-speed internet is critical,” Gaer said. “It’s amazing that in just four years, West Des Moines is well on its way to achieving the WDM 2036 Plan goal of finding an innovative way to provide access to broadband for all our residents and businesses.”

Construction Setbacks

Despite the gains it is making in these cities, Google Fiber has seen its share of setbacks.

Last February, the service provider announced in its official blog that it is turning off its fiber network in Louisville, Kentucky.

The service provider cited construction problems that disrupted residents and created service issues for customers. Google Fiber trialed new construction methods including shallow trenching into city streets covered by a sealant that didn't hold. This was among the reasons it gave for shutting down the network.

“We’re not living up to the high standards we set for ourselves, or the standards we’ve demonstrated in other Fiber cities,” Google Fiber said in a blog post. “We would need to essentially rebuild our entire network in Louisville to provide the great service that Google Fiber is known for, and that's just not the right business decision for us.”

Construction issues are only one issue Google Fiber has faced in rolling out its FTTH service. It has also battled incumbent telcos, cable operators and telecom unions over pole attachments in Louisville and other cities like Kansas City, Mo.  

OTMR requires the owners of utility poles to allow a single construction crew to make changes and make room for new attachers like Google Fiber.

Incumbent telco AT&T sued the local government in Louisville and Jefferson County in February 2016 to stop a One Touch Make Ready (OTMR) Ordinance that accelerated the time Google Fiber and other competitors can get access to utility poles.

Google Fiber expands 2 Gbps availability

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