Nashville to start tests for Google Fiber 2 Gig internet in October
Nashville will soon be one of the first two cities in the United States to test a new Google Fiber product offering faster internet speeds: Google Fiber 2 Gig.
2 Gig offers downloads of up to 2 gigabits (a full gigabit above Google Fiber’s 1 Gig product that launched in 2010) and has upload speeds of up to one gigabit. According to Google Fiber, this means internet speeds will be up to 30% faster with 2 Gig.
“This year has made this need for more speed and bandwidth especially acute, as many of us are now living our entire lives — from work to school to play — within our homes, creating unprecedented demand for internet capacity,” Director of Product Management Amalia O’Sullivan wrote in a news release Monday. “2 Gig will answer that challenge.”
The service costs $100 per month, and includes a new Wi-Fi 6 router and mesh extender that helps reduce or eliminate Wi-Fi “deadspots” in homes with no annual contract or data caps. Google Fiber 1 Gig currently offers download and upload speeds of up to 1 gigabit for $70 per month.
Tests for the program will launch in Nashville and Huntsville, Alabama in October, and the company is looking for volunteers, O’Sullivan wrote.
Testing will expand to other cities served by Google Fiber later in the fall, and the company plans to launch the service in most of the 19 cities served by Google Fiber and Google Fiber Webpass in early 2021.
Those who wish to sign up for testing can fill out an application to join the Google Fiber Trusted Tester program.
More information on Google Fiber 2 Gig can be found at fiber.google.com/2gig/. More information on the Google Fiber Trusted Tester program can be found at https://support.google.com/fiber/answer/6321960?hl=en.
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