The City of College Park has been selected by Google to introduce fiber to the home, the ultra-high speed broadband network called Google Fiber, currently being installed in select cities across America.
"We welcome the arrival of Google Fiber to the College Park community," said College Park Mayor Jack P. Longino. "I believe our progressive approach makes us a good match."
Google Fiber is an internet and TV service, with speeds averaging one gigabit per second for both download and upload, which is roughly 100 times faster access than what most residential users are accustomed to. Google Fiber says its service allows for the download of a full movie in less than two minutes.
"This is huge," said Ambrose Clay, College Park's Ward I Councilman. "It will put the City of College Park on the cutting edge of technology." said Clay, an MIT graduate who has a technology background.
He said that high-speed fiber communication "is critical in the quest to stream educational material, video and large files to the home user."
Google Fiber will be a boom to the home office.
"People who work from home have a strong need to communicate, to access vast amounts of information. Google Fiber should provide that service at an affordable cost," Clay said.
The company also offers high-definition video channels packaged with the internet service. It includes a DVR recorder, (2 terabyte storage of recorded shows) and standalone one terabyte storage for personal files.
"The Google Fiber community designation is a tremendous opportunity for College Park to embrace and provide cutting-edge technology for residents and stakeholders," said College Park City Manager Terrence Moore.
Moore met with Google officials at its Atlanta headquarters in a joint planning process to explore what it would take to build a brand new fiber-optic network capable of delivering these gigabit speeds throughout College Park. According to Google, the average American broadband speed is 9.8 Megabits per second. In contrast, Google Fiber could bring residents access to "Gigabit" Internet connections up to 1,000 Megabits per second‹or up to 100 times faster than basic broadband.
"Communities with abundant high-speed Internet grow stronger because there's greater potential to create jobs, drive economic growth, and help students and families get access to essential resources," said Kevin Lo, General Manager for Google Fiber.
Google Fiber is currently available in Kansas City, Kansas, Kansas City, Missouri and Provo Utah.