Google Fiber has been rolling out fairly slow, but still quicker than it has been in the past. New areas are being added and planned fairly regularly, with a number of new areas set to be available by the end of this year. With the goal being nationwide availability, Google will require lots of test data from actual Fiber users, as well as data that shows that there is a market for Fiber, that it will be a lucrative venture anywhere they bring it out. In accordance with those needs, Google has been rolling out Fiber in big cities, with the latest being Charlotte, North Carolina. For now, only certain parts of the city have the service available. Atlanta Nashville, and the Raleigh-Durham metro were announced alongside Charlotte.
In Charlotte, residents and businesses in the Highland Creek area can now sign up for service. Residential customers in the coverage area can get a 100 Mbps plan for $50, a gigabit plan for $70, and a gigabit plan with TV for $130. Business customers, on the other hand, have three brand new plans to choose from that will eventually be rolled out to all Fiber coverage areas. Businesses can nab a plan with 100 Mbps speeds for only $70 per month, 250 Mbps for $100 a month, or can opt for a gigabit plan for $250 per month. All of the residential plans can have Fiber Phone added for $10, and all of the business plans can have up to 13 static IP addresses added on for additional fees.
Google has also erected a Charlotte Fiber Space in the Philip Carey Building, where residents can check out the service firsthand. While the Highland Creek neighborhood is the first in Charlotte to get Fiber, other neighborhoods are in the network build process and should be seeing availability in the coming weeks and months. Within the blog post announcing Fiber availability in Charlotte and the new business plans to go with it, Google also announced that they will be rolling out a cheaper option in some areas that will help to get some lower-income areas online. A 25 Mbps option will become available in some areas, costing only $15 per month.